Above: Troy Hill’s Citizens Park will be redesigned with a grant from the mayor’s office. (Photo by Kelsey Shea).

Citizens Park in Troy Hill is getting a facelift.

The Troy Hill Citizens Inc. received a $15,000 grant from the Neighborhood Renaissance Fund to implement a redesign of Citizens Park.

“We’ve been getting some complaints about safety,” said Anne Kainaroi, the vice president of Troy Hill Citizens, who wants the park to be a gathering place for the community rather than a safety concern.

 “I’m hoping it’s going to have a huge impact on the neighborhood…The most immediate thing is to bring people outside to socialize and to utilize the space,” she said.

Citizens Park is a half-acre park defined by Claim Street, Hattaras Street and Lager Street is owned by The Troy Hill Citizens Inc. It is maintained by volunteers.

The redesign of the park, envisioned in Troy Hill’s Citizens park plan, is the result of several years of work and three separate studies, said Tony Benvin, the chair of Troy Hill Citizens. The plan envisions the park as a “versatile community gathering space” and recommends specific improvements for the site.

The plan suggests removing existing plants that are potential hazards and inhibit views and replacing the existing gazebo with a larger pergola.

Troy Hill Citizens also hopes to replace the existing asphalt paths with curvilinear compacted limestone paths and create a circular gathering space by rearranging existing stones in the park to define the space.

“It will help to encourage and build upon local efforts,” said Benvin.       

The grant also includes funding for programs that will be held in the park.

“I would really like to see some tai chi lessons or some other community run programing to get people outside and exercising.”

Citizens Park was one of 12 projects to receive grants from the Neighborhood Renaissance Fund, a program created by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl in April with an initial grant of $300,000.

With the goal of helping communities foster development plans and giving community groups expertise and guidance in initiative projects, the fund is a collaboration between the Department of City Planning, the Design Center and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.