This morning I wrote something on Linwood Park. Then a few minutes after I wrote it, it was deleted by me. Partially by accident because I thought I had posted the same post twice, and secondly because I wanted to clarify a few things. But because I really did not post the same post twice, once I hit the "delete" button, the post was lost forever.
Well to ensure no one misunderstands what I think about the park, I am going to start with saying I do NOT object to a pocket park in this location, or in Ardmore in general. I am FOR this pocket park, but like others have my opinions on the matter.
Ok, now that we have that out of the way, these are my thoughts:
I have a pocket park I love in my neighborhood, I know how it has evolved, and it wasn't everything all at once...and bit by bit, the park has gotten everything people want in it.
It's not really my issue, I support the park, but I am also a realist: simpler will get it done and keep it safe (especially in this sort of economic climate, and the ever-changing Lower Merion political landscape). I also think an idea that could be useful until the park gets going - the parking lot actually - might be a good way to test that idea of an antiques/craft market that many in the Ardmore community want (including the business community) - let a small thing go on there and have a percentage of the profits (say 35%) from this antiques/craft market be contributed towards the fund for Linwood Park. That way, in a small controlled area you not only raise $$ for the park, we can all see if the antique/craft market as a general concept would work. Two birds with one stone.
Also I would suggest reaching out to the garden clubs in the area to see if any will adopt Linwood Park too - if this were to occur, it would further defray cost of upkeep and maintenance in the park. It would also attract the Philadelphia Horticultural Society for accolades and recognition - like Sharpe Park. Sharpe Park has a garden club that has adopted it, and some of the grounds at Historic Harriton House has at least one garden club which helps out and plants.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, I would like the commissioners to formerly adopt a master plan for the park ASAP. If that doesn't occur, it's like a certain block of Ardmore remaining blighted when it's not - you can never trust it will be 100% safe.
I am NOT against the park. I know some don't think that, but I can't be responsible for that thought process. While I might have an opinion on HOW things are done, including questioning how much consultants cost (and yes I have been told that taxpayer money did not pay for the consultant), it does not make me ANTI-park.
The friends of Linwood Park should also apply for non-profit status if they have not already so they can go for grants in PA.
(I would rather see a park on Linwood and Athens Aves in Ardmore then a misplaced fountain on Bryn Mawr Trust's property at Ardmore and Lancaster Aves in Ardmore.)