|This pretty picture's from the new Minto Update, not the Parks Plan|
|This is from the Parks Plan - Are maps missing? [their yellow]|
There's also no mechanism for, or a discussion of, a public comment period. Not sure what's going on here.
The Policy Statements in Chapter 5 look pretty good - though we have seen time and time again how policy statements that look fine in the abstract are watered down drastically by the time they get instantiated in buildable and funded projects.
|The policy statements are promising [my yellow]|
Pedestrian and bicycle access shall be considered the primary transportation modes for neighborhood parks. For facilities with larger service areas, public transit and automobiles should also provide access. New facilities should be located near transit, when possible, to minimize traffic impacts and provide equitable access by all city residents.I mean, this is it! This is exactly the balance and priority we wish for in transportation, to make the bicycle a preferred mode for short trips - recognizing that motorized travel, including transit, is preferred for longer trips.
So, yeah: BRAVO!
But without a commitment in the Transportation System Plan for this policy and a plan to build it out, it may be just verbage.
The other stuff is nice and all, but not especially exciting.
In its Needs Assessment (Chapter 4), the plan says "the City should not establish a linear park/connector trail level of service at this time."
|Linear Park needs are kept on the vague side|
On the recreation side, there doesn't appear to be much in the way of bmx, trail, or pump track facilities envisioned.
Hopefully the lacunae will be filled with the proper insertions, and it may be necessary to revisit this. Maybe there's a grander vision hidden in the materials not yet published to the web. Or perhaps I have missed something key.
Did you go to the open house or review the draft plan? If so what struck you? Is there something else important not mentioned here?
As of January 2nd, the Parks plan website says:
"ALL OF THE MAPS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE LINEAR TRAILS MAP, ARE LISTED UNDER THE LINKS BELOW. THE LINEAR TRAILS MAP (MAP 4) IS BEING FINALIZED AND WILL BE UP ON THE WEBSITE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE."
The maps are up on the website now. Here's some discussion.
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