Initial Pillars Project Input Meeting Held with Baker and Associates
By ERICA CHIPPERFIELD
An introductory input meeting with engineering firm, Baker and Associates, who will do the concept and design planning for the Alliance Pillars for the Park project, was held last Thursday evening at the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center. The meeting discussed the plan moving forward, for what the community would like to see included in the renovation of the sunken gardens in central park. In attendance were the Alliance City Council, Mayor Mike Dafeny, City Manager Jeff Sprock, the Alliance Pillars for the Park board, Anita Gall from Anita’s Greenscaping and a few community members. Anita’s Greenscaping out of Scottsbluff is a sub-consultant on the project who will do the replanting and space planning of the gardens. Baker and Associates previously surveyed the ground, so that once the project plan is finalized the project can move forward, and a final cost can be determined.
Thus far the Alliance Pillars for the Park group has raised $132,000 towards the project not including the $250,000 promised donation from an anonymous donor. The donor is still on board with the project even though the initial deadline of July 1, 2019 to match the donation has passed.
“Interesting meeting with the engineers last night. City Manager Jeff Sprock did a great job of moderating it. Thank you to the entire city council for being there...I love your support and appreciate your time. Ladies from the park foundation, thank you also!! And every person who took time out of their day to come and show support, and ask questions, and help us get a goal in mind for our engineers...you rock. We left with important things being historic accuracy, handicap accessible..possible space made for events...weddings etc...lighting...and such....they will come back for a second meeting in about a month...with types of possible materials, pics of how it will look....at that point choosing the one that fits our needs...or changing one to fit our needs. Then they will get the final budget drawn up. And a complete cost. Next step is when we have enough money to hit that budget....then contractors are hired, and plans to have it put done next summer....2020 the work will be done. all we need now...is donations...and lots of them...please if you haven't yet helped out....please please do it now. We are on a roll, and its all in the works, would love to have this completed next summer,” said Swearingen in response to how the meeting went in general.
Efforts to restore the sunken gardens began in June of 2017. At this time there are just a few pillars and arbors left to be sponsored. The group has a Facebook page, Alliance Pillars for the Park!, that provides up to date information on just how much has been donated so far.
Mail your donations to Tami Swearingen, 1243 Grand Ave., Alliance, NE 69301. Please make sure to make your check out to the Alliance Park Foundation. If you have any questions or would like a pledge card sent to you please contact Tami at (308) 760-4929.