CALDWELL -- The Caldwell City Council approved design plans for the new Indian Creek Plaza this week. The $5.5 million project is slated to be built on the corner of Arthur and Kimball streets and is Caldwell’s latest effort to revitalize its downtown core.
"We want it to be our community living room,” said Keri Smith-Sigman, economic development coordinator for downtown Caldwell. "We are built on family and our families are taking their families outside of our communities to have experiences and to enjoy things where they're not currently provided."
Renderings for the plaza show a state-of-the-art amenities including a splash pad and outdoor concert venue in the summer. Plus a unique, ribbon-like ice skating rink in the winter.
"It will not be another city park that just sits idle,” said Smith-Sigman.
The city says when Indian Creek Plaza opens in late 2017 or early 2018, it will host around 250 planned activities every year including concerts, movies in the park, festivals and farmers markets. The goal is to attract thousands of new visitors and an estimated $3 million in new revenue to downtown businesses.
"It is really exciting. It's going to be marvelous new growth, new vibrancy to our downtown and will bring our people back to the downtown," said Amy Perry, owner of nearby Rubaiyat Book Store.
“It is great and people are discovering us, they're discovering all of the other local businesses and finding out why it's such a wonderful place to be,” said Julie Dowen, who works downtown.
Kelli Jenkins with Destination Caldwell says this project is a public/private partnership that has been 10 years in the making.
"It has just been a real joy to see the spirit of the community come back together to create something that everybody knows is going to be a huge asset,” said Jenkins.
Once complete, this community will have a reason to celebrate in their own backyard.
"We're not going to have to go all the way to Ada County for outside entertainment,” said Dowen. “People care about our community and it's very exciting."
The public will get its first chance to see the plans up close on October 13, when the city will host an open house complete with a virtual reality tour.
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