As promised here yesterday:
An alternate Pedro Park 'concept' proposal (below) based upon input from many others but not the City.
If we Objectively and Dispassionately look at the City’s ‘Final’ Pedro Park plan... and with all due respect to any and all who took part in the City’s ‘community outreach’ the City failed in ensuring the number one guide for a park design (here particularly) – is that it cannot become a crime magnate after creation.
‘We’ve come so far we can’t stop now’ some say. I respect that but what afterwards? Once its built, as planned, its built. We cannot be naïve what has happened to DT in recent years and the commonplace neglect the City has allowed to be.
An alternative plan such as this is doable in several years, if the City will truly raise the bar for you.
It features: a much larger footprint (lost parking can easily be accommodated in City’s Robert Street ramp next door), a Mears Park type stream but better, a protected separate fresh water pond teeming with fish, turtles, frogs..., distinct natural areas representing Minnesota’s varied ecological regions, a larger and more varied play area, a natural amphitheater, embracing most of the site’s current topography, most areas having discrete fencing to limit access into planted areas and gates on particular paths if crime becomes a problem, the ‘compass’ plaza can serve as an ice rink in winter... and lastly ‘the cabin' up on a little rise overlooking it all... park caretakers live there?, restrooms and little coffee shop on its lower walkout level facing east and south?, and a special place for park volunteers to keep the tools of their trade!
Yes, this is considerably more costly, but private donations once built the Cathedral. Surely, we are capable, if the City is willing, to raise the funds needed in a year’s time! Perhaps particular areas could even be quietly named after larger benefactors...
Cheers to all.