Project 1107 gets green light, park project moves full steam ahead

Winchester Planning and Community Development Board votes proposed design in agreement with Comprehensive Plan

A proposed 30-acre imaginative public greenspace near downtown Winchester – known as Project 1107 – now has the green light from the city’s Planning and Community Development department. The Planning and Community Development Board voted that the proposed plan to repurpose the site of the former Clark Regional Medical Center into an iconic public greenspace is in agreement with the community’s Comprehensive Plan.

“We are very excited to move forward with final plans to make Project 1107 reality,” said Jen Algire, president and chief executive officer, The Greater Clark Foundation (GCF). “The park will offer something for all ages, in all seasons, and encourage the health and well-being of the community.”

Project 1107 plans include a two-acre children’s playspace, trails, native plants and large lawns, and areas that will champion Clark County’s history and culture. The plan supports the Winchester Comprehensive Plan by addressing specific goals including supporting new and innovative means to encourage tourism and supporting the development of parks, walking and biking trails to provide additional, maintained greenspace and recreational use. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2017. The park is slated to be completed in 2018.

Great public greenspaces bring many benefits to communities, including attracting new businesses and creating jobs. Additionally, parks provide health benefits by reducing stress and feelings of anger, lowering blood pressure, and improving attention spans. Parks also foster community engagement by providing gathering places for people of all ages and economic status.