TROY — Treasure Island Park’s events calendar is quickly filling up in anticipation of the park’s grand opening this summer.
Treasure Island Park improvements are taking shape with finishing work under way on the concrete shelter house and the Elm Street entrance. Final finishes are being made for the park’s walking paths, bike racks, additional parking and the park’s amphitheater on the lower levee area.
City of Troy Public Service and Safety Director Patrick Titterington said 80 percent of the park’s grading is complete and the park portion of the project is on time and on budget.
The grading of the park was designed to wick away rising water from the river’s flood plain as well as rip-rap and plantings, which line the river’s edge to hold the earth on its banks.
“It’s designed to flood and everything is now grading the correct way. All the utilities, all the electric is well above the flood line,” Titterington said.
When the park flooded a month ago, the water drained off the park property with the exception of a few pockets that needed to be filled and re-graded.
The park’s design also incorporated the park department’s request to have hose connections located around the park land to wash off debris off the park’s walking paths and amenities following flood events.
The city is planning for a “soft” opening of the park and the marina the weekend of June 12 with an open house and official dedication of the park’s lighthouse, which was a gift from the Troy Foundation.
Treasure Island’s new amphitheater will host a Jimmy Buffet cover band “Parrots of the Caribbean” on July 23 as part of the park’s “River Rock” concert series. Family friendly events and river recreation demonstrations will be held prior to the free concert.
The amphitheater will seat up to 1,000 people, according to Titterington. The amphitheater features electrical hook-ups for bands to plug in and rock out on the river.
Titterington said the city is open to hosting a large scale music festival like the Mumford and Sons’ Gentleman of the Road’s stopover in 2013.
“One of these days we’d like to work with a promoter again to do something like GOTR. If you remember, GOTR was primarily downtown and at (Memorial) stadium. If there’s a way to link it down here that would be another nice venue for them to use,” he said. “For now just cover bands, regional bands. The civic bands, Troy Civic Band, that usually performs in the (Prouty) Plaza are going to move down here.”
Another major feature of the park is the concrete picnic shelter with its stacked roof sign facing the Adams Street Bridge. The picnic shelter will have about a dozen concrete picnic tables under roof.
“They won’t float away or walk away from the park,” Titterington said.
Titterington said the large concrete shelter could host outdoor bazaars or markets as well as family events throughout the season.
The park features dozens of historic canal lock blocks as seating along the lighthouse paths and even around the marina building. The canal blocks were recovered from the demolition of the ITW/Hobart manufacturing building.
Project manager Stan Kegley said the city is researching the north side of the park for a monarch butterfly habitat for prairie areas along the river. Kegley also said city staff is open to ideas of recreation opportunities such as volleyball and other events that could be held at Treasure Island.
Titterington also said the city is exploring grants to locate a fitness station area in the south portion of the park.
“That would add an additional recreational aspect to it,” Titterington said.
The contract for Treasure Island Park was awarded to Double Jay Construction of Englewood for $1.686 million last May.
Landscaping, grass and seeding will be completed this spring, Titterington said.