NORFOLK, NE — Johnson Park will soon get the improvements it needs.
On Monday the Norfolk City Council voted unanimously on an agreement with JEO Consulting Group, who will be providing their services in kind.
Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning says this is the beginning of a master plan process for Johnson Park improvements.
“We are looking at restoring some of that former glory, so to speak, to Johnson Park given its historical significance and proximity to downtown and the north fork of the Elkhorn River.”
The park use to tout an extensive flower garden but a flood wiped it out in the ‘60s. Moenning says since then their hasn’t been a lot of attention placed on the park.
Part of their plan, according to Moenning would be looking for ways to reconnect the park to the river and create new recreational opportunities for the citizens.
“This planning process will incorporate some of those ideas to enhance recreational opportunities in Johnson Park…”
Moving forward, Moenning says he and the city look forward to getting healthy input from residents. Moenning says the timing is perfect and comes in conjunction with the construction of the riverfront trail, which will begin construction in the spring.