The small public garden in historic downtown Jeffersonville was rehabilitated and has been maintained by Jeffersonville’s City Pride organization.
Parks Authority Member Mike Smith pointed out that the garden will be a pretty significant part of Chestnut Street once its revitalization is complete. The Chestnut Street rehabilitation project is set to get under way soon, which is a plan to improve the corridor leading people from the end of the Big Four pedestrian and bicycle bridge ramp to the businesses along Spring Street in downtown Jeffersonville.
The one requirement included in the agreement for historic landmarks to hand over the property at no cost is that it remains a public garden. The parks authority board asked attorney Scott Lewis to look into the offer and bring more information back to the next meeting.
Parks Director Paul Northam provided an update on plans to permanently moor the RiverStage along Jeffersonville’s riverfront. The plan is to move the entertainment barge about 50 feet downstream, but the city is still waiting on permits to be returned from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Two permits for the RiverStage were tied together in the request — one to move the barge and another to allow for the installation of a video screen on the back of the RiverStage. Northam said the request for the video screen is slowing down the permit process.
With the mention of the video screen, several parks authority board members voiced their opposition to it being included on the entertainment barge. But when it was suggested by the board that the permit requested for the video screen be pulled, Northam said that could cause an additional delay.
“Even if it comes back and they say, ‘yes, we can,’ I don’t think it’s something we have to do,” Northam said of installing the video screen.