YOUR input is needed on two draft concept plans for a linear park between Oakland Cemetery and the State Capitol building.
Memorial Drive Greenway has been waiting in the wings for many years now, with special zoning ordinances and master plans dating back to the early 2000’s. Since that time, the city has been able to acquire some of the land for the park, but not all of it. Now, with hundreds of new housing units being built along Memorial Drive, the need for a shared greenspace in this part of town is more important than ever!
The Friends of Memorial Drive Greenway have asked Park Pride to conduct a Park Visioning process with the community to revisit current community-based needs and desires for this space. After two public meetings to set goals and general preferences, two draft concept plans were presented to the public on January 31st. We are now working toward a final vision plan to be presented on February 28th.
What do you think the park should look like in the future? We want your feedback!
Option 1 is an aspirational plan. This plan:
- envisions an unbroken and continuous greenspace with lots of trees, paths, shade structures, flexible seating, and space for food trucks and festival events.
- presumes that current uses would remain in place until the owners decide to sell or relocate.
- presumes that a planned affordable housing development could be relocated to a nearby location through a land swap agreement with the city or the state.
- includes curved paths, creating swaths of flexible green space for unstructured play throughout the park, and a pedestrian bridge spans the Connector to provide a visual and physical connection to the Capitol building.
Option 2 is an exploration of a potential future in which the park coexists with buildings that have a variety of uses. This plan:
- incorporates some flexibility in the event that some properties are not available for acquisition to become part of the park.
- acknowledges the current plan for a large affordable housing development in the area closest to the Capitol, but makes the suggestion of moving some of it onto a Cap over the Connector to allow for more park space to be built.
- creates a variety of experiences within the park, including a Visitor Center for Historic Oakland Cemetery, restaurants, cafes, a day chapel, fountains, and paths.
Also, like the Friends of Memorial Drive Greenway Facebook page for updates on the project!