Inman Park Residents Discuss Springvale Park Master Plan
Plan calls for larger lake on park's north end, other amenities
After 10 months of planning and meetings, Inman Park residents obtained their first glimpse of a master plan and proposed changes for Springvale Park Wednesday.
The plan, which members of the Inman Park Neighborhood Association a slated to vote next month, calls for several key changes, including expanding the lake on the park's northern end off Waverly Way, widening the children's playground on the southern end, landscaping and lighting and erosion control.
"We are still putting the final touches on the plan. There are some details that we are still mapping out as a steering committee, so it's close," Brett Lauter, who chairs the Springvale Park Committee, said at Wednesday night's IPNA monthly meeting.
"I would say from the steering committee perspective that we're 99 percent there but there are still a couple more details that we're trying to iron out in the next week or so."
One key issue that received plenty of discussion for the last several months was an idea for a bridge to connect the north and south parts of 122-year-old Springvale, which is bisected by Euclid Avenue. (The park is bounded by Waverly Way, Edgewood Avenue and the backyards of homes fronting Elizabeth Street.)
But the idea is very controversial, with residents who live closest to the park raising concerns about increased traffic, noise, criminal activity and aesthetics.
It was not included in the plan presented to Inman Park residents Wednesday night.
"We decided that it was better to put a bridge aside and not make that a part of this visioning plan," Lauter said. "There was too much dissension, we did some polls of neighbors in the immediate area so we said as part of the visioning plan, it was better to make those mutually exclusive."
Even if Inman Park residents give their OK on the proposed plans for the 4.6-acre park, the steering committee identified three key things that need to done before proceeding on any plan for the greenspace.
"We discovered while we were having these meetings that there was a lot of consensus that the health and the quality of the water features in the park were a big concern," said Amy Higgins, INPA's vice president of zoning and steering committee member.
"There was a lot of concern about the soggy ground and the mud that makes the lawn a lot less usable so we intend to make a hydrology study our top priority."
The study is expected to cost about $20,000.
"Solving the water issue is going to be critical for all of the other projects that we have planned for the park," Higgins said.
She said a site survey to identify trees that that need to be preserved, show where utility lines and property boundaries are also needs to be conducted as a well as an erosion study.
Those are expected to cost $30,000 and $6, 000, respectively.
"Those three projects are going to use up the bulk of our enerngy and our funds," Higgins said.