By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — The city of Marshfield is looking for citizen input on the proposal to bring a community square to downtown Marshfield. The square would occupy 54,000 square feet directly to the east of the post office and Chestnut Center for the Arts.
So far the concept brought forward by the city’s Economic Development Board has shown features such as a splash pad, outdoor dining areas, a large play lawn, and a stage for performances as potential amenities.
The city has put a brief survey on the front page of its website under the “Recent News” tab. The survey poses two questions: “Do you support the idea of constructing a community square in our downtown?” and, “What impact do you feel the proposed community square will have on the local economy?”
There is also a space for general comments where residents can expand on their answers. Accompanying the survey is a link to frequently asked questions. The city’s website is ci.marshfield.wi.us.
Storyboards with the design of the proposed square will also be placed in prominent locations around the city. Attached to the storyboards will be the frequently asked questions document and forms for comment submissions and further information requests.
The storyboards will be located at Forward Financial Bank and BMO Harris Bank downtown as well as the Chestnut Center for the Arts, the Marshfield Public Library, Rogers Cinema, and the Daily Grind.
“The Economic Development board wants to really gather the feedback from the public to determine whether this is indeed something the community desires to have downtown,” said the city’s Director of Planning and Economic Development Jason Angell.
Hub City Times took an in-depth look at the proposed community square earlier this month. That story is available here.