In 2014, two plans were presented to create a green space in the parking lot at Guerin Recreation Center. At that meeting, the 50 attendees almost unanimously voted for this plan, which would use a portion of the parking lot at 2201 S. 16th St. to create this green space thanks to the Water Department and funding from the Green Cities, Clean Waters program.
A year later, the project needs the support of the community again due to complaints over the loss of parking spaces and potential contamination under the parking lot, which has reportedly not been tested.
When the plans were originally presented, the larger of the two options was chosen by the community, which would still retain 24 of the parking spaces in the large lot of the facility. This plan would then allow for the removal of asphalt to create this green space, along with helping with storm water drainage.
The Parks and Recreation Department is now looking to change the plans to a much smaller green space, or simply not follow through with the park at all, due to these concerns about parking and potential contamination under the lot, which according to the Newbold Civic Association’s President Levana Layendecker, has not been tested.
In order for this project to move forward, it needs the backing of the community, along with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to step forward and show support.
If you’d like to express your opinion on this project, a new community meeting is being held on Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m. at Guerin Recreation Center. In addition to the community, the meeting will be attended by Parks and Recreation and the Water Department. To show your support for this green space, a petition to save the original plan has been created here.