Second Open House On Water Plant Improvements, Riverwalk

Second Open House On Water Plant Improvements, Riverwalk Click to Enlarge Photo: City of St. Cloud/Website

(KNSI) - St. Cloud is holding a second open house on improvements coming to the city's drinking water treatment plant and expanding a trail.

The open house is Wednesday from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Whitney Senior Center.

Mayor Dave Kleis was a guest of KNSI's Bob Hughes and talked about why the city is making changes to the drinking water facility under Hester Park.

"We have a lot of federal and state standards that continue to change and upgrade, and the facility needs to be upgraded. We've planned for this for quite some time."

The upgrades will cost around $25 million.

The improvements will start in the spring of 2020 and be finished by the end of the year.

Then the city will start work on another phase of the Beaver Island Trail along the Mississippi River.

"At the same time we're doing that, we're going to save dollars by doing the Riverwalk connection. It's that last piece of the Beaver Island Trail on the north side that connects it to the Wobegon Trail."

Extending the Riverwalk from Cathedral High School to Hester Park will cost about $5 million.

Residents at the open house will be asked about what they would like to see in the space around Hester Park that will be used when the Riverwalk is installed.

That could include music or performance space, benches, flexible lawn space, an athletic field, space for family and community events, and space for picnics, a sculpture garden, or other use of the area.

Work will start on the Riverwalk in the summer of 2020 and should be done in the summer of 2022.

The city council is expected to approve final plans and bids for the project in the next few months.

The city held a similar open house in late October with tours of the drinking water plant.