Survey is next step for park downtown

Taylor’s Spring plans progress


A land survey is the next step for establishing Taylor’s Spring Park.

The area on First Street is being developed as a historic area and small park to highlight Taylor’s Spring which has been cited as the reason people settled in this area.

The committee for the project met this week to discuss the process for moving forward.

Cleveland contractor Dee Burris has agreed to donate time to the project. Burris said a survey is needed and then a civil engineer could develop a site drawing.

“You have to have a civil engineer to show what’s there and from there develop a site plan,” Burris said.

The civil engineer would determine the heights and elevations of what is in the area. Burris said this would be necessary in order to get a permit to begin developing the site. He pointed out the survey would take at least three weeks to complete.

The park will follow a conceptual design developed by University of Tennessee Knoxville Smart Communities Initiatives students and staff. The design has a spot for the spring to flow into a pool and benches for visitors to sit nearby. The pool would be far enough away from the spring that it would not be contaminated when the pool is dug.

Project cost has not been determined.

Committee member Allan Jones has already collected 12-foot logs to be used in the construction of a springhouse on the site.

“We have the 1836 census which describes all the buildings at Taylor’s Place (owned by Andrew Taylor), and it describes the springhouse. It was 12-by-12 with round logs,” Jones said.

Although the census does not describe the type of shingles used, committee members agreed they would have been wooden. Jones said he had a candidate who could do the work.

A fundraiser has been set tentatively for Oct. 20.

“We need to get the community to buy in, where everyone participates and pays for it,” Jones said.

Inviting Michael Slaughter, author of “Andrew Taylor: Man of Mystery,” to make a presentation at the event was suggested. Committee members agreed to work closely with the Museum Center at Five Points in confirming plans and arranging logistics.

Parking for Taylor’s Spring Park has also been a topic of discussion for the committee. The Cleveland City Council agreed to lease a parking lot in the area for the amount of taxes the property owner would ordinarily pay. However, Public Works director Tommy Myers said the owner is not interested in the plan.

“She said the county gives her $450 a month for 13 spots when they have to use her lot,” Myers said.

The spots are only rented on an occasional basis.

The city had proposed a yearly payment of $802.

Jones asked if street parking could be added to First Street. Myers said this probably would not be possible with the current configuration of the street. However, he agreed to further investigate the possibility.

Switching parking from across the street to the park side of the street might be an option, he said.


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