Rooftop parks: Ridiculous
Someone told me about a political fluff piece from City Hall, and Mayor Roberts suggesting “innovative” ways to
pay developers to add more park space to the city, especially since the ones we have are tainted, citing “low cost” playing surfaces, etc.
I didn’t bother with the story, because it was just that, “a story.”
However, at least one councilperson sent me an email with their opinions about Davey’s latest publicity stunt.
From 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason:
“As second ward councilwoman, I have to agree with others that Mayor David Roberts’ idea of creating more rooftop parks on top of the city garage is a way to protect developers, not create more recreation space for residents.
I have been an advocate for more parks and more green space long before I became a member of the city council. I served as chairperson for the Master Plan Subcommittee of the Planning Board and there was a plan for parks, which has been continually eroded away by the Roberts Administration to accommodate more and more development. Mayor Roberts has avoided doing what he promised to do — create real parks accessible to residents.
When Mayor Roberts promoted the park referendum, he promised to create more open space for parks, he didn’t say he was going to create pseudo parks 70 feet off the ground that are accessible only by elevators.
Given representation at the last city council meeting and the ability to put extra floors maybe the city should be considering additional parking instead. The mayor’s plan to put a park on top of the city parking garage precludes the possibility of ever increasing the size of the garage to create more needed parking.
We need real parks at ground level, not parks on top of parking garages or on top of high-ise buildings. We need parks that improve our quality of life.
The mayor’s clear intent here is to preserve open space for more high-rise development, not to improve recreation and create the parks he promised to build. He’s putting the interests of developers ahead of the quality of life of our residents.”