Hickory Street—located in the heart of Sidney’s historic downtown—is closed for seasonal community events six times each year. Chroma Design worked with the City Manager and Community Development Director to prepare a concept plan for a permanent park in this popular location. Our design balances the need for public and service access to businesses with the community’s request for a downtown gathering place. The design solution closes only the northern half of the street and turns it into a performance and play area with a stage, pop-jet fountain, fire pit, and audience lawn. The south half of Hickory Street is narrowed and enhanced with streetscape amenities, planting, and outdoor serving areas for local restaurants.