Monica Sumner, Brandstetter Carroll vice president, presented the schematic design and color palette for the entrance area which will include a tall entrance archway — about 22 to 24 feet tall due to the large parking area and utilizing current structures at the entrance.
She said the entrance archway would be anchored with 12-foot-tall stone pillars as a base with 12-foot steel towers on top of the pillars. Sumner hopes to reuse some of the old steel used in the old park for the new entry.
“This would be a significant threshold experience for people entering the park,” she said.
Sumner said the idea for the three buildings would include shared covered porches around the structures. The largest building is near the entrance area and would feature a 900 square-foot multi-purpose room that could be divided for various functions. She said it would also have large openings on the side that could be opened leading to the covered porch. In addition, that building would also have an office area and storage space, she said.
Sumner said various museum and other Americana/LeSourdsville Lake memorabilia could be displayed in the main building.
“It’s important to keep that memorabilia,” said Councilwoman Christina McElfresh. “It’s important to a lot of people.”
Another adjacent building would be a dedicated restroom with a separate entrance for park goers and that would share the covered porch attached to all three buildings.
She said one of the adjacent small buildings would be a 15 foot by 15 foot concessions area/catering kitchen that would be converted from the old ice house.
Councilman Keith Funk suggested making this “a robust building with a larger kitchen.”
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Sumner shared the proposed color palettes for painting the buildings would be painted. She said the other colors not chosen could be utilized for other purposes such as signage, gathering and concession spaces and meeting rooms.
“We want to develop the architectural standards as the project continues,” she said.
Council also opted to choose a color — dusty green — for the main building at the entrance which will have a multi-purpose room, office and storage. An adjacent small building, formerly used as an ice house will be converted into a concessions/kitchen area and another building will be used for restrooms.
For the past few months, crews have been tearing down old dilapidated structures that will not be reused as well as the old concrete midways and sidewalks.
After the presentation, Vice Mayor Dan Clark said, “It’s what we’re envisioning.”