Wilmington's City Council members had a difficult time getting on the same page Monday morning regarding the latest design schemes for the Riverfront Park.
Richard King, Public Services Director for the City of Wilmington, gave an updated presentation on plans to upgrade sections of the Riverfront Park in front of the federal courthouse downtown. King said that city staff had reached a critical point in their planning process and emphasized that time was becoming a factor.
King told the council he was looking for direction as to how the open space in front of the federal courthouse should be displayed.
King presented two key design elements to the council. One would include placing bollards, or short vertical posts, along the sides of Water Street in front of the courthouse. King said 14 bollards would be placed on each side of the road. The bollards would be removable for events. This design would come with a flushed curb. For years, that part of the street has been accompanied by a vertical curb. The other design would keep the curb vertical and no bollards would be necessary.
Multiple council members said that the influx of bollards would take away from the beauty of the area.
"You make it larger by losing the curb, so if you lose the curb on that side, it creates that park affect, but then when you put 14 bollards on either side of the road, it starts to look like soldiers," expressed councilman Neil Anderson.
Anderson and the rest of the council asked King to look for a way to keep bollards on the park side of the road with a standard curb on the other side. King said he would try to come up with a new design to present to council.
King expressed that drainage issues have also been a factor for staff in coming up with this new design.
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