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City of Knoxville, Tennessee
Madeline Rogero, Mayor

For Immediate Release
Public Meeting Set for Aug. 21 Regarding City Park at Summit Hill/Gay St.

August 4, 2014 - A public meeting/design charrette on redevelopment of a City park at Summit Hill Drive and Gay Street will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Emporium Center located at 100 S. Gay St.

The City of Knoxville's Public Arts Committee and East Tennessee Community Design Center will conduct the meeting, with input from local artists, architects, landscape architects and citizens.

A design charrette is defined as an intense period of design, with input from designers and users, to develop a solution to a defined problem. Breaking into small groups, participants will tackle how to redevelop the downtown park at Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive in a way that is inviting and dynamic to people of all ages and from a variety of vantage points; how to incorporate public art; and how the park can function as a connector between Market Square/Gay Street and the Old City.

The various park concept plans will be refined and displayed at the Emporium and on social media, and the public will have an opportunity to cast a vote for its favorite plans. The highest vote getters will be developed further.

"The City of Knoxville's Public Arts Committee is excited and honored to be working with City staff on the redesign of the park at the corner of Gay Street and Summit Hill Drive," said Liza Zenni, the committee's chair. "Because of its key location at one of downtown's most important entryways, thousands of people care deeply about how the park will ultimately look, what it will feel like to spend time there, and how it will be used. That's why literally everyone is invited to the design charrette on Aug. 21."

Parking is available on the Gay Street viaduct or in the nearby Jackson Avenue parking lot. RSVP to Suzanne Cada at 865-523-7543 or sc@knoxalliance.com. Questions? Contact Leslie Fawaz at 865-525-9945 or leslie@communitydc.org.

Anyone needing a disability accommodation in order to attend the meeting should contact the City's ADA Coordinator, Stephanie Cook, at scook@cityofknoxville.org or 865-215-2034. For an English interpreter, contact Communications Director Jesse Fox Mayshark at jmayshark@cityofknoxville.org or at 865-215-3710.

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