For the past several years, the CapitolRiver Council (CRC) and many Downtown residents and workers have been providing feedback to the City about future plans for Pedro Park. In 2017, the city put out a request for proposal (RFP) for the Public Safety Annex (PSA) building, located on the same block as the park, in order to gauge developer interest in purchasing the building for use as office space, with the intent that those proceeds would pay for park development. The developer that was chosen eventually declined to purchase the building, the pandemic ensued and park development has languished.
The circumstances surrounding the block on which Pedro Park stands are complex, and residents, workers, and city staff have a wide range of thoughts and opinions, making this situation difficult to navigate. In May of 2021, CRC formed a citizen-lead Pedro Park Work Group to analyze a) CRC’s history with the City in community engagement and planning for this site, b) the community’s response to the City’s 2017 RFP efforts with the PSA, and c) to identify options regarding both the PSA building and the park.
The work group has created a list of potential options for ways to move forward, and will be assessing those options in terms of feasibility, short- and long- term costs, potential benefits, and potential community buy-in.
Please join members of the Pedro Park Work Group in Pedro Park on October 14, from 4-6 p.m., to ask questions and provide input. If you are unable to attend or would prefer another way to submit your feedback, please contact CRC Executive Director Jon Fure, at [email protected], or 651-221-0488. If you would like to have a more in-depth, one-on-one conversation with one of the Workgroup members please let us know -- we want to hear from you!
Thanks in advance for helping us develop recommendations to City staff and elected officials that reflect the desires and values of Downtown residents and workers.