Work has already begun on the Humboldt Basin as part of the restoration plan of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. The concrete has been dug up, leaving a muddy pit in its wake. By this time next year, the basin will be dramatically transformed into a tri-functioning feature that will change appearance with the seasons. The $4,000,000 project is a major step forward in the ultimate vision for the park – other significant changes include restoring the Casino building and the picnic grove. It will be the refurbishing of the original fountain and the Lily Pool that will initially spark the imaginations of nearby residents and visitors to the grounds.
As for the change of appearance and functioning components, the circle will serve as a splash pad in the spring and summer, a shallow reflecting pool in the fall, and a gigantic circular skating rink in the winter. The work signals a very real commitment to MLK Park – a park that has suffered from a major lack of investment in years past. Take the time and visit Humboldt Basin and walk the surrounding grounds… this park has so much untapped potential. Thankfully the potential is finally being addressed and moneys are being allocated to bringing the original historic qualities back to life.