Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Overall I am very pleased and impressed with the Clyde Fant Recreation Plan. You have done a lot of work and made valuable use of the input so far. I approve of almost everything with a few minor exceptions.
First, though, I want to amplify your plan on two points that were not emphasized. The Preston Ave trail connection is very important because it serves the large neighborhoods of Shreve Island, Broadmoor and Broadmoor Terrace. Don't just think how they would access by car and park but how they can enjoy the Parkway by bike from their doorstep.
Currently you have to carry the bike over grass because of goathead thorns to/from the parkway and ride along a shoulder of the Parkway that jars your teeth because of deep cracks and is full of debris. Then you either ride on a bumpy slab sidewalk (technically illegal) or share a high traffic two lane that people do 45 and 50 on which is not appealing to the casual recreationalist. Please extend the trail to Captain Shreve. Just take that sidewalk and overlay with asphalt.
Next, there is the underpass that leads from the bike trail at the wooden bridge, under the Parkway to the Coats Bluff area. Please fix the drainage there too, like the underpasses at the Disc Golf Course.
Did I understand that an extension of the trail to C. Bickham Dixon would not be open to cyclists? Even on blacktop? Not good. This Greenway has potential as and alternative transportation corridor but it needs to serve neighborhoods at LSUS and Shreve City Shopping. It is not that much to ask that it be functional as well as recreational.
Think of students and shoppers, Farmer's market customers and Festival goers not having to use their cars and having such a pleasant greenway to use.
The only proposal I really disagree with is doing away with the informal parking across from SciPort.
First, there is not enough parking in the area. The Railroad is famously uncooperative about giving up their property, it is the best parking for the interactive fountains, and as a canoeist, I can carry my boat, paddles and life jacket to the dock and launch in one haul. I couldn't do it from where you propose.
attorney at law
Monday, June 23, 2008
This draft is intended to be a starting point for a community discussion of the future development of outdoor recreation along the Clyde Fant Parkway. We care what you and your neighbors think, so let us know! You are free to comment any way you please: phone, fax, mail or email.
Please send your comments to:
Tim Wachtel, ASLA, Planner III, 505 Travis Street, Suite 560, Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 673-7721/Fax (318) 673-7878
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put “Parkway Plan” in the Subject line.)
We are also having an "Open House" for the Plan on Thursday June 26 from 5 to 8 pm at the pavilion at the Stoner S'port Marina. This is not a "meeting," so you can stop by at your convenience to see the plan, discuss your ideas, and "vote" on what you like and don't like.
Monday, June 9, 2008
And comments, if a bit discouraged in tone, have begun to accumulate.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Maybe the question is how SptGreen, A Better Spt and the Planning Commission and other groups might capitalize on the optimism of the affected citizenry by offering them next-step buy-ins.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Jeff Wellborn just alerted me to the Shreveport Times’ forum for discussing the our city’s master plan process. Craig Durrett has set it up, and he’s started it off by posting Don Shea’s letter to the Metropolitan Planning Commission. Craig pointedly asks visitors to the site what they think about Don’s comments, and it’s a good chance to document concerns and hopes any of us might have. The site is: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=PluckForum&plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a72a6de5e-bea5-4bb9-8a51-0a9d30f04b1eForum%3a73c6794a-c02c-44dd-bd63-e020a9370030Discussion%3a34970d92-592a-41be-a704-a6202c742d7e
Sorry for being so tardy in publishing a summary of our last meeting. Since Sunday I've been in
So, I won't be summarizing meetings for a while, but I hope to be able to keep contributing to our group from down here.
The meeting we had almost two weeks ago now was helpful, particularly to those of us trying to understand how our downtown can be improved, and how the ideas we develop in our "ABetterShreveport" network could help.
First, I want to thank Chris Jay and the other folks at
We organized the meeting to learn what we could from Gregory Kallenberg about what his experience doing development work working for Whole Foods means for getting something like that in
That said, a vision of downtown development that would be within our grasp was articulated at our meeting by Stanton Dossett. He described the strategy used by
Some of the other things that were discussed were… [o.k., gonna finish this later. ]