The city of Mesa is betting big on its Main Street and downtown areas. Metro light rail is being extended from Mesa Drive and Pioneer Park down to Gilbert Road.

The city also plans to bring in new developments and adaptive-reuse projects. As part of that, Mesa is embarking on a $7.6 million renovation of Pioneer Park, right next to the Metro light rail and across from the Mesa Arizona Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The city has closed the park during the renovations. Its slated to reopen by Thanksgiving.

The improvements include $6.2 million in construction contracts, according to Mesa spokesman Kevin Christopher.

The projects include Wi-Fi coverage, LED lighting and infrastructure for holding more special events. There will also be improvements to fountains.

“Haydon Building Corp. is the general contractor. Dig Studio is the design consultant. Landscape Structures Inc. is the playground equipment supplier, installation will be done by Exerplay. Vortex International is the water plaza equipment supplier, installation will be done by Shasta Pools,” Christopher said.

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