ANDERSON — A transformation is taking place at the former Edgewood Plaza shopping center as the city prepares to make the space a temporary park.
Anderson Street Department crews have been removing the asphalt parking area surrounding the Pizza Hut restaurant with plans to plant wild flowers and walking paths.
Included in the plans is a temporary street art project that will showcase projects completed by local high school students. The art project is expected to be on display starting on June 1.
Brad Land, superintendent of the Street Department, said the asphalt should be removed within the next two to three weeks, depending on the weather.
He said eventually the department will plant top soil and level and reseed the area by the end of April.
The asphalt that is being removed will be put to other uses around the city, Land said.
“We will be recycling the asphalt,” he said. “Some of it will be used for the new trail by Dossett’s Garage. The remainder will be used for the construction of a new road to the fire training facility.”
Anderson officials plan on extending a new hiking trail on the north side of the White River to Baxter Road, where a new pedestrian bridge will be constructed.
The city is looking at extending the river trail and the bridge could be used to cross to the north side of White River, to the north of the city’s Central Services Building.
The Anderson Park Department owns some property on the Anderson/Frankton Road that will be used for parking and a trailhead.
A parking lot will also be constructed near Dossett’s Garage.
The asphalt being removed from Edgewood Plaza will be trucked to the new locations, crushed and used for the base of the trail and new road.