So just a couple of things to note in passing.
|at the south end, the new amphitheater at center #5|
The path connection under the railroad and along the creek to Mirror Pond is keyed at #2, but hardly mentioned. This project needs more visibility and and a formal update from the City on the delay.
The possible bridge at #1 might be nice, but let's get the path connection first!
Off the detail clip here, keyed at #13 is an elevated boardwalk/riverwalk looking out over the slough that would be a nice feature to get closer to the water.
There are two clusters of new bathrooms, #3 and off-detail #21, that will also be nice additions.
|at the north end|
|Degrading crossing experiences is not consistent with park focus|
Not at all discussed on the plan map is the estimated cost and timeline for any of this. The new bathrooms should also trigger discussion not just of capital costs but of ongoing maintenance costs. New bathrooms are not very helpful if we don't have adequate janitorial and maintenance service!
The City's holding an Open House on Tuesday next week:
Come learn about the details of the proposed master plan and weight in with your comments. On September 18, City staff and the project consultants will present the draft master plan for Riverfront Park. Please join us!
Date: Tuesday, September 18th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pringle Community Hall, 606 Church Street SE
Update, September 14th
|Here's "overdeveloped"! Salem Tomorrow 1984 |
Hotel tower, Convention Center, Parking Garage
Court Street axis, Riverfront Park (detail)
But they do not reckon with the park's emptiness and dullness during the winter and slack periods.
They want the park to remain an ornamental emptiness, available for their private delectation any time. Somehow the existence of other people enjoying the park is an affront or harm or something to be minimized.
There are other parks where privacy is a greater value. Riverfront Park should be lively, always!
If the editorial objected to specific features, it should have called them out and criticized them in detail. As it is, it's just hand-wavy concern trolling.