By Brandi Makuski
The Stevens Point Common Council on Monday will hear presentations on climate change and a new downtown pocket park.
Dan Dieterich is scheduled to give a presentation on climate change “as it relates to Stevens Point” during the April 17 council meeting. The council agenda did not indicate Dieterich’s area of expertise or background, but according to Mayor Mike Wiza, Dieterich is a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby.
A second presentation is planning regarding the new Cultural Commons– a planned homage to the city’s Nicaraguan Partnership and relationships with sister cities. The “pocket park”, as it’s come to be called, will be located in Pfiffner Pioneer Park, and feature multiple natural accents, sculpture work and an outdoor classroom in the park’s south end.
The project also calls for a pergola, a labyrinth and “space for personal reflection”. Plants and flora would reflect the culture and landscape of sister cities; informational kiosks, an interactive Smartphone app and improving pedestrian access on Crosby Ave. is also part of the long-term plans.
The project was first made public in October of 2015 during a joint City Plan Commission/Park Board meeting, though it had been discussed privately for more than a year.
The new pocket park is a joint protect between UWSP, the Stevens Point Rotary, the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas and groups supporting the sister city relationships with Gulcz, Poland and Rostov Veliky, Russia.
The Common Council meets at 7 PM on the second floor of the courthouse, 1516 Church Street.