Cervantes Plaza is a small but well loved neighborhood park adjacent to Freeport Blvd. Situated just north of City College, the park is surrounded by locally owned businesses, while residents use Cervantes for games of frisbee, enjoying a picnic, and many other casual activities.
In 2012, the City Council approved a project to reduce the number of traffic lanes on Freeport Blvd while improving the road with dedicated bike lanes. The Freeport Bike Lanes project will be constructed in the summer of 2016 but it sparked a question of what to do with an odd frontage road and uncommonly long crosswalk between Cervantes Plaza and Freeport Blvd.
The frontage road poses traffic and pedestrian safety issues that must be fixed. The Freeport Bike Lanes project provided us with the opportunity to fix the safety hazard and improve the park itself. After discussion with neighbors, community associations, and surrounding businesses, the City is proposing to expand the park westward while adding a sidewalk, paved walking arch, two benches, additional trees and landscaping, and possibly a piece of artwork that was formerly in the Downtown Plaza Mall.
The new sidewalk and curbs around Cervantes will be constructed this Fall in advance of the Bike Lanes project! We must now finalize our proposal for the added park space and we welcome all community feedback. Tell us what you think of the proposal below, the proposed art piece, and any other thoughts you might have!