Visionary Depot Park Master Plan Revealed
Tonight at Cullman City Hall, Tony Renta of Renta Urban Land Design publicly revealed his rendering of the visionary plan for the City of Cullman’s Depot Park area north of downtown.
The ‘Depot Park Master Plan’ is firmly beyond the conceptual stage although no contracts for construction have been approved by the Cullman City Council, much less signed by Mayor Woody Jacobs. Nonetheless, funding for the project has already been explored and initiated for the first few Phases of construction. It is a matter of when, not if, at this point.
While the ‘Depot Park Master Plan’ may take years to complete, its forward thinking utilization of under-performing land in the northern portion of downtown is profound and on par with municipalities of much larger populations.
A ‘municipal crown gem’ is a phrase that comes to mind when considering the completed project in its totality.
The landmass in question runs from the CSX railroad easement eastward to 2nd Avenue NE. It also spans northward from Arnold Street NE to 8th Street NW. It includes the removal and relocation of the current Cullman Police Department building.
Some of the proposed features of the ‘Depot Park Master Plan’ include:
• A Tiered Amphitheater
• The Grand Lawn
• Tree-lined Plaza
• Water Features including Interactive Splash Pad
• Skate Park
• Recreational Berm with Pump Track
• Berm Seating
• RV Camping Area
• 20’ Sidewalks
• Open Air Pavilion
• Bike Path
• Emergency Vehicle Access
Phase 1a, 1b and Phase 2 of the ‘Depot Park Master Plan’ could begin in the not too distant future. That will include the area from Arnold Street NE to Young Street NE as well as the necessary redesign of streets, parking, and utilities.