"Congratulations are due the White River State Park Development Commission for receiving the Phoenix Award from a travel writers group for conservation and preservation (Thumbs, News, Oct. 17-24). And its plans for tree planting, pervious concrete and energy conservation, as described by park officials at the commission’s Oct. 17 meeting, are also encouraging.
By coincidence, Canal Park Advocates attended the commissioners’ meeting to urge them to help us preserve the 1-acre grassy property located near the park on the canal Cultural Trail next to the Indiana History Center. It is used often by the public, and is an ideal civic and cultural space.
The property is already publicly owned (primarily by the state), but the Indiana Finance Authority and the city’s DMD are considering two proposals for a commercial building.
Canal Park Advocates and several other groups are sponsoring a community forum about the ultimate use of this property, and encourage all preservation- and civic-minded citizens to present their views supporting protection as a civic and park space. The state could easily do this if it would determine that the public interest would be best served. We need to persuade our officials that this park would contribute greatly to the public and civic good. The forum will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Marriott’s Residence Inn on the canal at 350 W. New York St. For additional information, call us at 317-283-6283, or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canal Park Advocates