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Empty lot on A Street is becoming a new performance park in Downtown Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.- County Commissioners and the Committee for Downtown Yakima announced new plans for the empty lot on A Street and Second Street in Yakima.

The A Street building was demolished earlier this year. Now, County Commissioners decided a park would be the best way to use the space.

Many people attended Tuesday's announcement to show support for the new park. The county will provide $40,000 to develop the land and the city will provide another $240,000 to install streetlights, plant boxes and sidewalk improvements.

County Commissioner Mike Leita says people are excited about the plans.

"The community is engaged and wants to have this and they're willing to pay for it. We are pleased that we were able to create a negative into a positive," said Commissioner Mike Leita.

The park will be seated on one third of an acre. The plans include adding greenery to beautify the area and also hope to add either a temporary or permanent stage to accommodate outside entertainment.

Commissioners hope this lot will become a new gathering place and attract more people downtown.
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