NORFOLK – Community Volunteers discussed upgrades and renovations to Johnson Park with Madison County Commissioners.
Community Volunteer Joe Farguson explains how now is an opportunity and a great time to develop a riverfront at Johnson Park and to follow some of the examples of major cities across the country to have an area for families to spend time in the downtown area.
“What we vision in the future will be that restaurants, shops, housing will begin to develop around this riverfront as well. So it becomes more than a recreational facility, it becomes an attraction and will bring revenue to the community and the region,” says Farguson
“It’s a process, there has to be funding for the process. This is the beginning stages of it and getting people to support it, they need to make it apart of their budget process. But just engaging in different amenities throughout this area and find out their support of it. To give the NRD the idea if this is something they should grant,” says Madison County Commissioner Ron Schmidt.
If the project is approved the estimated time could take up to three to five years of completion. Madison County’s Commissioners did vote and decided to support The City of Norfolk and Community Volunteers and will send a letter to the National Resource District to voice their support.