Master Plan Approved for Rose Garden Upgrade


thumb_tyler-rose-gardenTYLER — Tyler’s City Council approves a master plan to upgrade the Rose Garden. KETK reports Parks and Recreation is looking for a way to attract visitors to the venue all year long. The famous garden will be expanding and adding some new programs very soon. The goal is to make the Rose Garden a year long attraction for tourists. MHS Design and Planning Team will be leading the project. MHS President Mark Spencer says, “The days of coming home from church on Sunday and Dad saying, ‘Let’s go to the Rose Garden and have a picnic’… times have changed. We tend to live a little more programmed life.”

The planning and design team and the city have been talking for 4 years about upgrades. The City Council approved a master plan this week, with talks of adding an outside restroom, a possible area for outside concerts, and other features. Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings says officials hope the new additions and the expansion will hopefully bring more people to the garden all year round. “It’s already a huge tourist destination and just really beginning to add more to the facility so more people will come and visit and continue to be that valuable attraction to the city of Tyler,” says Rollings

The upgrades will cost $36,000 and will be paid for through a capital improvement fund with the city. The Texas Rose Festival also donated $15,000 for the project. Spencer says they want to add features that will attract more people to the garden as well as features that will fit with the people of Tyler. According to Spencer, “We’re going to try and look to see what uses will be compatible with the garden and see what the people have to say about that.”

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