Tulare City Council approves conceptual design for renovation to Zumwalt Park including an amphitheater for concerts and festival

TULARE – Tulare continues to take strides in their downtown rehabilitation process. Most recently by moving forward with conceptual plans for the renovation of Zumwalt Park.

Plans for the design of the new amphitheater, children’s playground and splash pad were approved by the Tulare City Council at its June 21 meeting. The council was presented with a detailed overview of the project.

“I want to remind everyone, the key to downtown redevelopment is people,” City Manager Marc Mondell said. “We have to have people living downtown working downtown, eating downtown and recreating downtown and entertaining, all those things are necessary and eventually we’ll have all of those at the same time occurring.”

Lief Mckay, a landscape engineer with RRM design group out of San Luis Obisbo, presented the council with a tentative conceptual design of the park. In May, the city held a public outreach meeting to listen to thoughts of those in the community and gather opinions from the public. The final design took into consideration the public’s insight as well as input from Parks and Recreation and the Parks Commission.

The design of the park puts the amphitheater in the north portion of the park with its back to Tulare Avenue, facing city hall. The playground will be in the southeast corner and the splash pad will be in the southwest corner of the park. The park will be fenced in with entrances to the park near both the playground and splash pad and the main entrance being in between the two.

The amphitheater will have a contemporary barn style. The architecture will be a simple gable roof form and traditional finish materials like concrete, brick, metal and wood. The design is intended to…

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