CBJ seeks public input on Marine Park improvements

Don't let the weather scare you away. The City and Borough of Juneau is looking for input on the future of Marine Park. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Juneau’s weather may resemble October this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t imagine a nice sunny stroll on the downtown waterfront.

City officials want to hear from the public about future development at Marine Park. CBJ Parks and Landscape Superintendent George Schaaf says there’s no specific plan right now, but several ideas were outlined in the 2004 Long Range Waterfront Plan.

“How it describes Marine Park is as a village green or a town square, basically a cultural gateway to Juneau,” says Schaaf. “So, we’re looking at pretty much everything. What types of landscape do we want? What kind of hardscape? What types of programs do we see the area being used for in the future, and what construction or what kind of planning do we need to do to best accommodate that?”

The city’s Parks and Recreation and Engineering Departments will host a meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) at Marine Park to get public input.

Schaaf says some improvements, including an extension of the downtown seawalk to the park, could take place in the next few years. Others will be longer term projects. All ideas are welcome.

“We really want to try to get a feel for what’s important to the community, what they value about the place, and what they think we could do better,” Schaaf says.

Wednesday’s meeting will be held under the covered area at Marine Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Schaaf says it’s separate from, but dovetails with tonight’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting to consider a possible move of the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial to Marine Park. That meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall Assembly Chambers.