make several improvements to an area immediately east and south of the Bush House conservatory, including the nearby parking lot.
|From the concept announcement (carriage way note added)|
For connectivity, the concept appears to focus on the path skirting the parking lot down to the derby track. (Mainly phase III on the site plan map.)
But one tantalizing note asks if a different path segment should be continued.
This path segment could easily connect with the historic carriage way. Currently there is a curving flat spot in the hillside lawn that marks the way. The existing path from Church Street up to the house and parking lot is exceedingly narrow, not even wide enough for two people on foot to pass in opposite directions, and is also very steep. In both respects it is almost certainly not compliant with ADA standards.
|The old carriage way could connect better to Church & Mission|
(Salem Library Historic Photos, note added)
The Conservancy says they
submitted part of this proposal to the City earlier this year. The City declined to consider the proposal outside of the imminent master plan process.Including and reviving the carriage way, then, should be a topic for that master planning process.
The master plan process is expected to begin in January 2020 or shortly afterwards and conclude before the end of 2020.