|Amphitheater Concept 1 - CB|Two|
Probably in part because of the lovely, moody lighting represented in this moon scene, I have kept returning for several weeks now to the first concept by CB|Two. Apart from the mood, I like its asymmetry, the graceful swoop of its lines, and especially the ramp and secondary level on the right side, towards the river and slough. There may be practical considerations that limit it as a performance space and municipal amenity, but as an instance of public architecture, it swells with the most possibility and energy it seems to me. Anderson Shirley's concept is plainer and draws less attention to itself, and that has merit too. The other CB|Two concept belongs at Pickathon! It doesn't seem right for here. And the AC+CO concept looks like a wind-mobile and weather station, all decked out with vanes and other ornament. It is too baroque and does not seem like it would age very well. (What are your favorites?) (And Update: See bottom for details on the winner.)
Final concept renderings from architectural firms are due to the Design Committee in early September. The Design Committee will select a “Preferred Design” on September 21, 2017, which will be forwarded to Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and City Council for final approval in October.a proposal to pilot an ice rink in Riverfront Park during the winter. The group applying for it has operated one in Modesto with success apparently.
1. Staff have met with Troy Acor, a representative of Salem on Ice, LLC, on several occasions to review proposed plans, develop appropriate language for an agreement, and identify permitting requirements and approvals necessary to undertake the project. Community Development Department Planning Division staff has evaluated the proposal and Willamette River Greenway requirements. Building and Safety staff has provided information on permitting requirements. Public Works Department Recreation Services, Parks Operations, and Engineering staff have worked with Salem on Ice to define the proposal and develop terms to mitigate impacts to the park and its turf.
2. Sufficient power is available on the site through the installation of a temporary service. The proposed agreement requires electrical service to be separately metered and paid directly by Salem on Ice, LLC.
3. The proposed agreement obligates the City of Salem to provide water for making the ice. The City will also install a sand cap on the site prior to installation of the facility, to support turf restoration in the spring. In the proposed agreement, these services are to be provided without charge to Salem on Ice, LLC.
4. The agreement is structured to be a one-year agreement, with up to four annual renewals, based upon mutual agreement of the parties.
|Before I Die Wall at Riverfront Park, January 2013|
Image: Before I Die Salem
Over on Facebook there is already a good bit of enthusiasm for the idea, and it seems like something totally worth trying. I suppose it could end in a fiasco, but this is the kind of seasonal activity that would really complement the carousel and park in winter. Even if turf restoration turns out to be more costly than the City supposes, it seems like a good risk with solid upside potential.
|There are days more of rain and flooding coming|
- North Campus at the State Hospital subdivision. At first I thought this might be subdivision of the eastern parcel and a sign that things had advanced, but this is instead merely the legal action for decisions already made: Splitting off lots for the Dome Building, around Yaquina Hall for the housing, for the park parcel in the Northwest corner, and a couple of other details. Maybe you will find a new detail in it, but it seemed routine and expected.
- Floodplain Management Plan annual evaluation. With disaster down in Texas and Louisiana, maybe it's a good time to think more about flooding here. (Update: the scope of disaster is enormous, and it is a good reminder that allocating a billion dollars to a giant new highway and bridge is not prudent.)
- Signal upgrades on busy streets at about 40 intersections, on Hawthorne Avenue NE (State Street to Silverton Road NE), Market Street NE (Summer Street NE to Savage Road NE), Kuebler Boulevard SE (36th Avenue SE to the Sprague High School entrance), Lancaster Drive NE/SE (Kuebler Boulevard SE/Cordon Road SE to Ward Drive NE). The scope of the signal upgrades along these corridors includes equipment upgrades such as controllers, signal heads, pedestrian signal heads, and audible pedestrian push buttons.
I might just add a few notes about the scope of Harvey. Later it might be possible to sketch out what a similar disaster here might look like. It's staggeringly huge.
|via National Weather Service (comment added)|
Update, September 23rd
Rotary announced that a revised version of the second CB|Two design, now called "Basket Weave" is the winner.