Park expansions in Grand Island kicks off with ground breaking

A ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday morning symbolically started work, on upgrades to Hear Grand Island’s Home.
Published: Aug. 2, 2022 at 6:36 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday morning symbolically started work on upgrades to Hear Grand Island’s Home.

The changes to the former Kaufman Plaza will to include a more permanent stage for the the summer concert series and green space with low-maintenance landscaping.

The project is a partner of several agencies including Grow Grand Island and Amur Equipment Finance. Tuesday’s event helped get the vision of what the park will be out to the public and symbolically start the project which developers say has been a long time in the making.

“Well it does fell very good to be here today, being able to formally do a ground breaking, to announce the project, and actually get started,” Grow Grand Island Chair Tonja Brown said. “It’s been two years in the making Amur had this vision, they shared their vision with us and the last two years have been full of details.”

It wasn’t just a vision that Amur provided they’re also helping pay for some of the project. Amur’s Senior Vice President Todd Wainwright told Local4 News the project already had a nice area to develop.

“It’s so exciting, not only for our employees,” Wainwright said. “Obviously there is a benefit there where they can come out for lunch or on breaks, have additional green space. Cause It’s on top of an already great existing plaza area this is just going to enhance that. But even more exciting is the availability to the community.”

Wainwright said he hopes the project will be completed some time by the end of 2022.

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