The City held another meeting on the proposed Chuck Brown Memorial Park at the Center of Aging today. The meeting was to unveil their new concept for the Park and pavilion. Here is the old plan and concept of the pavilion:
The new concept, which will have only 200 seats and much more greenery and open space is below:
What do you think?
10:27 am The new park’s seating has been reduced by more than 40%. The concept will resemble a Roman amphitheater. The playground area is to remain as is.
10:29 am The entire height of the Pavilion will stand 26′ high with the Tower being the highest point, nine feet higher than the pavilion itself.
10:33 am Concerns about sound from the Amphitheater by area neighbors was answered with “the sound ordinances will be enforced”. There will not be restrooms built because they cannot be maintained and for potential drug issues. They will provide a “restroom pad”. Users of the Amphitheater will be responsible for bringing in Porto-potties, their own lighting and equipment.
Parking and security will need to be part of the permit process.
10:40 am “the goal is to not have big events here….but I don’t know that honestly”
10:42 am Jon Mandel: “the city has negotiated with a local church to use their parking lots during events.”
10:43 am The scape will block line of sight of MPD to see into the park, which they currently have. Concern over security. Also concern about the huge morals of Chuck Brown. “I don’t want to have to look at a huge moral everyday” – resident
Response on MPD line of sight is that they are spacing scape enough for police to see through and mesh design will allow to see “shadows”
Photo of morals and tower:
10:50 am The Mayor ignoring residents concerns borders on the “line of scandal” using tax payer money for something like the Pavilion. “It can be a memorial for Chuck Brown but without pavilion and amphitheater”.
“It isn’t about go-go music, I don’t want to hear music all the time.”
10:55 am “quality of life of residents has not been addressed. This isn’t a racial issue.”
10:57 am City official basically says that this new pavilion is the only way to clean up the park.
10:58 am “We have 600 children homeless in this City…the Mayor is running a dictatorship….I’m sick of it…. If Mayor wants it, put it in his backyard,” says 57 year resident.