City officials unveiled details Oct. 15 of a $1.16-million Marysville Partners Park that will occupy the block surrounded by Plum, Sixth and Main streets.
Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2014 with an anticipated completion date of June 1, 2014. The contractor is Elford Inc. and the architect is Moody Nolan.
Partners who will help pay for the project include:
* Local businesses, which have pledged $725,000.
* Memorial Hospital of Union County, which will finance $525,000 over a 10- to 15-year period, with the city of Marysville holding the bond.
* Honda Marysville, which will donate $100,000.
* Union Rural Electric, which also will give $100,000.
There are some other potential partners so city officials estimate Marysville will pay approximately $400,000 from its general fund.
In addition to the already announced Memorial Hospital Pavilion -- measuring 50 feet by 144 feet -- that will provide a sheltered area for community events, features of Partners Park will include a splash pad sponsored by Honda Marysville, with water jets installed in a design that will look like the company logo; a kiosk that will provide information about the park and community events; a sister-city garden to signify Japanese cultural ties in the community and Marysville's future sister-city relationship with Yorii, Japan; a gazebo sponsored by Union Rural Electric; public restrooms; and a public utility and library drive-through/drop-off area.
Mayor John Gore said the city may never have an opportunity like this again and if it doesn't use the green space now, it could be lost.
"We've been talking about revitalizing Uptown Marysville and this project will go a long way toward that effort," he said.
The original plan said approximately 57 parking spots would be added in the Uptown area when not in use for other functions. The current plan includes only 11 parking places.
Gore said some people have expressed concern about the reduced number of parking spaces.
"We're still looking into that," he said.
Information from the Union County Chamber of Commerce indicates there are 1,600 parking spaces in Uptown.
Gore pointed out that since the parking lot across the street from the current City Hall was repaved and restriped, he's only seen it completely full twice.
Moving employees from the old fire station and the old police and court facility to new locations on County Home Road and at the corner of West Fifth Street and Raymond Road has done a lot to free up parking Up-town, he said.