It appears that some of the CA Board Members continue to plug away, by any means they can, to stop the Inner Arbor plan for Symphony Woods. They tried doing it on the sly and got caught. Now they're putting it on the agenda.
Here's their plan: to claim that the Inner Arbor Trust has made a material change to the concept design plan and therefore needs approval from the Board for design change.
Why? Because, according to the rules in place, if the change is deemed to be material and not approved, the trust could be found in breach of the easement agreements.
What does that mean to us? It could very well lead to a halt of the project, a court battle, loss of potential funding by the county or private donors.
The truth is that the plans for the park are not inconsistent with the concept plan. To give you some examples, a material change would be something like the addition of a petting zoo or a soccer stadium.
It is disheartening that we have to keep going back, over and over again, to remind a narrow minority that the majority of our community wants this park, believes in this park, and can't wait to see it take shape at the center of Columbia. But we do. It seems almost prophetic that I uttered these words as recently as May:
"I have attended multiple CA Board meetings to speak in support of this park. I will keep coming back as often as necessary, and I am not alone."
Julia McCready (CA Resident Speakout: May 28, 2014)
If you have come before, come again. Bring a family member, a neighbor, or a friend with you. If you haven't come before, now is the time. There is nothing more valuable in a community than the voices of people gathered to fight for something.
As for me, I'm pretty sure my comments will begin like this: