Public park should be for the people | Letters | June 26
June 29, 2009 · 2:14 PM
I attended the June 12 special hearing on Strawberry Plant Park. I came away with the following thoughts:
First, I was impressed with the sincerity, eloquence, and passion of citizens who spoke.They all had wonderful ideas.
I wish that most of those proposals could be implemented but, alas, four acres cannot begin to accommodate such a broad range of expectations and special interests.
Second, if you visit the park today, as it is, it is easy to visualize how many will enjoy this unique spot; kayaking, kite flying, picnicking, or just relaxing and watching the eagles, osprey and herons.
Third, we are in a serious recession. We need to be fiscally conservative in developing the remainder of the park.
We do not need to remove the existing foundation only to replace it with an over-water observation dock.
We do not need additional expense by building a bridge across the stream which would entail the seizure of private property (eminent domain).
We already have access in place via Sheppard Way.
Finally, in the end, less is more. Strawberry Plant should be a people’s park – open and attractive to all age and interest groups.
At the meeting we all agreed on one point, probably the most important: this is a beautiful, accessible, serene, and special place. The space needs to be preserved and enjoyed. We have had our say, now let the park begin!