Really??? Glow sticks and a pacifier on Major the Bull? Can't wait for Moogfest to blow away the apparent candy rave festival perception. If you've never been, then I guess you wouldn't know.
The implication that DCP has any agenda other than our public mission statement is ungrounded in reality. The mission of Durham Central Park is to create and sustain a unique urban park to engage the Durham community. Have we given the public any reason not to trust that we have their best interests in mind? The very space you claim sacred was created by DCP in partnership with the City of Durham. The Farmers' Market Pavilion, the Leaf, Mount Merrill- all projects that had countless hours of "private" DCP meetings in order for them to become a reality. A reality in which volunteers board members donate their time and expertise so that the public can continue to enjoy the space in unique and exciting ways. DCP has always leveraged the resources of our partnerships, whether it be in-kind contributions of a general contractor, or monetary donations. The result is always the same: more amenities for the park.
This agreement wouldn't include ANY improvements to the park, had DCP not been engaged to offer comments on the interaction with the park. It would be a condo building on top of a parking structure. Plain and simple. Zero interaction with the park...no shade, no seating, no landscaping, or greenway trail.
I would also contend that the result of the 539 meetings IS public: the entire development agreement which was negotiated by the city, NOT DCP, is public record. The public has had two council work sessions (and the upcoming council meeting) to have their input heard. The public wasn't invited to "sit in" on the negotiations between the city and the developer either. Those meetings don't have minutes available to the public. The public is engaged AFTER an initial development agreement is drafted with a developer, which is standard procedure.
So if what you're saying, Lisa, is that your gripe is with the process, it seems like you need to be directing your criticism elsewhere. Certainly not towards the organization that enabled you to hold this space sacred in the first place.
How does one "raise the pitchforks over the appearance of the DPD HQ" without any proposed plans, elevations, or renderings?
Although technically in front of the space that the Durham Farmers' Market occurs regularly, the squirt gun and balloon fight (pictured above) is not the Durham Farmers' Market Lawn. The Farmers' Market rents the Pavilion from Durham Central Park, so it's technically the DCP lawn :)
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