"There is more than one approach to a community garden. Something to think about is whether this community garden (or gardens) is something that DANA will create a volunteer corps to plant/maintain/harvest or whether it will be plotted out to…"
"Many of the recommendations that Mike Gentile and I made for the Tequesquite Park Task Force are along the lines of Low Impact Development which is simply a variety of techniques to manage stormwater and runoff water quality in urban design that…"
Yeah, yeah on the hair...it'll be short again soon. I haven't read the Teq. NOP, so not sure where that is going yet. But, as for the park master plan as approved previously:
-I wish it would have responded more to the members of the public who spoke early on in the process at the Task Force Meetings rather than Parks & Recreation determination of what people need.
- I wish there was more coordination between Parks & Public Works on being able to incorporate more natural features and a restored Tequesquite Creek/Arroyo as part of the park design - something that other cities around the U.S./world are doing with great success and public benefit, and something that Riverside doesn't believe is possible.
- I wish the park design provided a better transition from urban Riverside to the Santa Ana River through physical design and plant species use. The design has far too many shopping center plant species and needs many more natives and native compatible, water conserving species incorporated throughout.
- I wish the park design had vastly less turf and vastly more naturalized areas for walking/biking paths.
- I wish that parking was minimized, rather than maximized, and utilized Palm Ave. as a parking opportunity rather than everyone parked on site.
- I wish the Park entry would be off of Palm Ave., rather than Tequesquite to protect adjacent residences and work better traffic circulation wise. Those neighborhoods will be highly impacted by new traffic coming/going from ball games.
- I wish the City would reduce the width of Palm Ave. from 4 to 2 lanes allowing for off street parking adjacent to the street and resulting in traffic calming along Palm Ave.
But the master plan isn't all bad. It does respond to many of the things that Mike Gentile and I hoped to have included. It does have an all purpose "village green" area not dedicated to any specific use, it incorporates some stormwater capture and natural water quality treatment elements, it has some permeable paving in the parking areas, limits active sports to two ball fields, includes an area for a Chinese memorial garden (although should be larger), includes trailhead areas for Mt. Rubidoux and the SAR Trail, has walking/biking/jogging paths, etc.