Just a reminder that the Lakefront Development Study for the community is tonight at the Scovill Banquet Center (I hope that’s what it’s called) at Scovill Golf Course. Tonight’s meeting will have the first drawings of proposed ideas for the development. It’s from 6-8. I’ll be going, dragging my kids with me!
Okay, back from the meeting. I was really impressed with many of the ideas and wasn’t repulsed to the point of convulsions by any of the suggestions, so that’s a start. 😉 There were three “themed” plans. I liked elements of each plan but was most impressed with the “adventure” theme. This had an indoor/outdoor waterpark, white water rapids, which would follow the same ravines as the park now, and a tall climbing wall. This theme probably had the least amount of residential development proposed. Residential development anywhere in Nelson Park is probably going to be the toughest sell to the community, though there were some suggestions that I could live with. None of them involved sub-divisions or a massive amount of residential development.
Probably the most substantial plan for residential development were the twin 8-10 story apartment buildings, which would be located not far from the sail boat club. There was also a proposal of getting rid of the current mini-golf area, knocking down that hill and construction small residential dwellings. I think of all the plans, that one went over like a lead balloon with me. I’d really prefer the center of Nelson Park to remain something everyone can enjoy.
Of course, a bike trail going around the entire basin is popular with pretty much everyone. I was really intrigued by the idea of floating boardwalks. Two of them would be constructed – one near the 36 bridge and the other by Lost Bridge Road. This would be much more affordable than building a pedestrian bridge across the entire basin. A portion of both boardwalks would be a raised bridge for boats to pass under. I really think the boardwalks, in all of the proposals, are going to be the major attraction, for anything we do down there. They really make what Decatur is trying to do unique.
Another idea I really liked and could be done this year, if we wanted is planting native plants and flowers in the Chandler Park area. Currently this area isn’t used by anyone, except some squirrels. It sits directly across from St. Mary’s Hospital. A big benefit would be a cost savings from not having to mow this area any longer. Trails could wind through the park and the native plants would attract birds and butterflies.
There’s many more ideas I haven’t even discussed!
Of course, pictures tell more than a thousand words, so I’ll just let you take a look at the plans yourself: (Click on the photos for a larger view.)