July 2, 2010

For Additional Information:

Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 888-4433


Public Invited to Groundbreaking for Meridian’s

Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park


Meridian, ID – (July 2, 2010) – The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 1:30 p.m., to mark the official start of construction on Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park.  The park is a 60-acre facility, located at 1900 N. Records Avenue, near the northeast corner of Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road in Meridian.


Valued at $25 million and anticipated to open Fall 2011, the park is a gift to the people of the City of Meridian from Eugene Kleiner, in tribute to his father, the late Julius M. Kleiner, who owned and farmed the land on which the park is to be built.


Eugene Kleiner, along with members of the Julius M. Kleiner Park Memorial Trust, will be in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony, as will Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd, members of the Meridian City Council, and representatives from the planning, design, and construction teams.


The heavily-treed urban park will include large water features, rolling terrain, bicycle and pedestrian trail systems, and lots of open space for picnics and community gatherings.  It will also contain a band shell with amphitheatre for live music and festivals, and a formal grand plaza and promenade will feature a memorial to Julius M. Kleiner.


Additional elements include a grand entrance and parkway, an arboretum with labyrinth, splash pad, bocce ball courts, sand volleyball court, two large ponds, picnic areas, playgrounds, and will feature public art by Amber Conger and Jay Warren. The Julius M. Kleiner Park will also be the home for the new location of the Meridian Senior Center.


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