The Patterson Park Working Group, assembled on the orders of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after a plan to add 90-odd parking spaces and a loop road to the park proved decidedly unpopular, has met and is currently reviewing Patterson Park’s 15-year-old Master Plan.
On Oct. 1, 500 people showed up at a public meeting to discuss the future of the park, and the vast majority of that 500 were in vocal opposition to adding any more parking or driving.
The official Working Group has about two dozen members; 1st District Councilman Jim Kraft said in a statement last week that he wants “everyone who has an interest in the park to be involved in the Master Plan development process.”
To that end, Kraft has called for the creation of an “informal planning committee,” open to everyone vested in Patterson Park. He said at the first Working Group meeting last week that the planning committee may form its own structure and elect its own chair. The planning committee will report to the Working Group, which will incorporate that input into its decision-making process, Kraft said.
The first meeting of the planning committee is on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Virginia Baker Recreation Center. All are welcome.
by Erik Zygmont