The Levee Park Committee Tuesday got an initial look at a consultant's Vision Plan containing updated suggestions and possible designs for the park's future.
Assistant City Manager for Public Works, Keith Nelson, told the commitee that any plans that include modifying or removing parts of the permanent dike would require approval from the City Council and U-S Army Corps. of Engineers and would take several years.
Nelson says the committee will decide on the next steps to take and any modifications to the levee wall would need council approval before the Corps. got involved.
The committee and consultants agree that although the dike is a great flood barrier, it also takes away from the levee's overall development potential. Nelson estimated that pre-design work with consultants could cost between $20,0000 and $70,000 or more depending on the modifications.
The vision plan from the Center for Changing Landscapes from the University of Minnesota include a performance plaza, switchyard gardens and a Latch Island overlook and sculpture.
The late arrival of the documents has forced the committee to delay a public hearing on the project until they have a chance to fully review them.