Friday, May 30, 2008

Pocket Parks and Public Parking

Main Street Rogers is sorta like Fayetteville Downtown Partners, only more successful because it has the visionary support of the Raymond Burns and the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce, whereas it is hard to think of anything our local Cowbirds actually do for our community. Showing up to cut ribbons for projects the taxpayers or someone else did doesn't count. Also, unlike FDP President Daniel Keeley, Main Street Rogers Director Marge Wolfe has been applying for grants and state funds in a timely manner to pay for its operations and projects.

As in Fayetteville, the Bypass Business Booster Brigade has long spread the rumor that downtown parking is a problem. When the Rogers Main Street Design Committee looked for a way to draw attention to the abundant parking, they also found a way to add valuable green space to the same area with a plan for a series of pocket parks. Each of the eight public parking lots will soon have its own pocket park -- consisting of a tree, a bench, and a trash can -- a pleasant place for people to spend a few minutes, said Wolfe. Each pocket park, placed in space that can’t be used for parking, also will mark the lot as free public parking, rather than a towing trap like the lots owned by University Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

It is an idea worth stealing, and we could do it without having to spend a wad of taxpayer dollars to hire yet another out-of-state consulting firm.

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