Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Lots of Recent Activity

Sorry for the long hiatus...I'm sure both(!) of our loyal readers are disappointed in the lack of news reported in this space.

Anyway, there's been a flurry of activity on the Way Park front lately. We had our annual meeting on April 27, which was nicely documented by Michelle Kubitz at the Northfield News.

At the meeting we elected our first slate of official officers as a 501c3 non-profit organization
  • Judy Swanson, President
  • Chris Ennis, Treasurer
  • David Sudermann, Secretary (+ Historian!)

Since the meeting, the big buzz has been the proposed Community Garden that the city was hoping to locate temporarily in Way Park. We're all for the idea of a community garden, but we don't think it's appropriate to use the public land of our park for the private use of a few citizens. This position was stated quite effectively by our friend Pam Percy in a letter to the editor printed in the Northfield News on May 3.

In addition to several FWP members who spoke up at last night's meeting of the Park and Recreation Advisory Board, we learned that Galen Malecha, council member for our ward, received an astonishing number of phone calls about the issue, with 53 callers voicing opposition to having a community garden in Way Park and three(!) callers in favor of it. I use the word astonishing because these were unprompted calls from citizens, and not the result of any organized effort by FWP.

The upshot of all this is that the city has agreed to move ahead with the garden plans in another location, and NOT in Way Park!