A decades-old downtown Fort Collins park that in recent years became a hangout for homeless and transient people is closing.

Jefferson Street Park at the corner of Linden and Jefferson streets is scheduled to be decommissioned Wednesday. A crew is expected to arrive early in the morning to remove city-owned property such as the park’s sign, trash cans and picnic tables.

A fence is expected to be erected around the privately owned 0.75-acre site by Thursday or Friday, said Ryan Houdek, part-owner of the land.

A new restaurant is planned for the property, with construction beginning next year. Houdek owns the nearby Rodizio Grill.

The decommissioning is a first for the city’s park system, said Mike Calhoon, director of parks. But Jefferson Street Park was an unusual arrangement, with the city leasing the land through a deal with Union Pacific Railroad that dates to 1955.

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