Letter: If Aim is for Public Park, Cultural Commons Should Have Been Public Process
To the Editor-
I recently read in the Stevens Point City Times about the approved Cultural Commons project at Pfiffner Park.
Apparently this project was in planning for a year and was FIRST made public at the Oct. 5, 2015 joint meeting of the City Plan Commission and Park Board. At this same meeting the project was also APPROVED. It was said by Mr. Kadoch (Aaron Kadoch, one of the project planners) that over 40 community members were consulted for feedback, with not even all of them giving approval. Is less than 40 Stevens Point citizens’ feedback a majority vote now?
Where exactly are these “circles” going in our park’s green space? There is a pergola, labyrinth, space for personal reflection, informational kiosks, an interactive Smartphone app, specialty donor pavers, wooden bridges/decking, outdoor classroom, specialty sculptures an more. We already have a bank that has obstruction our previous river view and consumed green space.
Surely the donated $500,000 can be put to better use than funding a Cultural Commons at Pfiffner Park along our riverfront walkway and green space. Our sister cities and partner city are truly a wonderful thing, but I envision the $500,000 being donated to Nicaragua; Gulcz, Poland and Rostov Veliky, Russia, where it my directly benefit their dire needs, including food, shelter, healthcare and schools. This is the realty.
Jane McKnight, Stevens Point