Last Wednesday (June 22nd), a happy 500-plus crowd made it clear Doug Fluhrer Park is a community asset and deserves to be treated as such.
Part of the Visioning for North King’s Town became a huge family affair. Most of the 500-plus walked there safely with children and no one had to cross a road to enter the park. Once there, small children ran freely with no danger from passing cars and the loudest noise was the entertainment. No vehicle noise and no exhaust fumes.
Doug Fluhrer Park is a valuable, neglected section of Kingston’s waterfront. It is, and should continue to be, a safely accessible community park. Many who have never been there believe it to be dangerous and full of discarded needles. Nothing could be further from the truth. No needles have been found in the annual (Volunteer) park cleanups over the last several years and children play there freely all the time.
The Visioning Exercise has already produced the suggestion of a green link between North King’s Town parks and green areas. Excellent. In addition, we suggest simplifying the (expensive and complex) 2014 Doug Fluhrer Park Master Plan to open green space that would allow walking, games, free-running children, gatherings like June 22 – and wildlife.
Upgrade the surface of the old railbed to allow for grass, wildflowers and space for turtles (a far greater population than initially suspected!). Provide more trees and a few fixed barbeques. Consider a roofed, open-sided structure that would permit shaded picnics and/or outdoor entertainment – as on Weds June 22nd. Leave the station building where it is, restore it there and upgrade the immediate area. And tidy up the Doug Fluhrer Park current car park area and turn-around loop.
Doug Fluhrer Park is a community asset, please let’s treat it as such.