Below and attached please find information re: the Parks Dept.'s sponsored September 19th In-Person Meeting at the Jackson Mann Community Center at 6:00p.m. to present and discuss the proposed Ringer Park renovations.
Also attached is the 8/23 Harvard Medicine Magazine article on the health benefits of green space.
Please consider attending this meeting as it's an opportunity to voice your opinion re: the proposed designs will affect Ringer Park's renovations and future park use.
* The proposed Decorative Tall Grasses and a Pollinator Meadow on the rolling hills facing the Softball Field area will eliminate popular flat grass park-user areas
where people sit/lie on the grass, relax, and socialize. The proposed plantings will also affect Winter use/Snow sledding re: snow doesn't fall flat on plantings as it does on dormant grass. These
items could be planted elsewhere in the park to prevent/eliminate ongoing soil erosion problems.
* The flat Shade Tree area next to the Softball Field, another popular park-user area, is designated to become a Dog Park. Outside of Ringer Park's Wooded Area this
is the only open, easily accessible Shade Tree area for our wheelchaired neighbors to socialize/use. It's also a popular picnic and meeting area. This location also abuts multiple houses versus the Zoom Meeting suggestions of the empty Gordon St. Entrance
area, and there's a large, empty, grassy area on the opposite side of the Softball Field where a Dog Park could be established.
* Paving the Urban Wilds Wooded Area Pathway from the Allston St. to Gordon St. entrance with a cement or gravel walkway versus compacted dirt/soil, as was done previously
to level the path at the Allston St. entrance area.
Please consider attending this meeting as it's an opportunity to voice your opinion re: all the proposed park designs.
A neighborhood park should be considered as everyone's backyard, recreation, relaxation, inclusive community use space, a Peoples' Park, versus becoming an expensively
renovated Walk-Thru Park with athletic amenities and a dog park. The Ringer Park Design Zoom Meetings and Notes can be viewed at:
Thank you for your consideration,
Cc: Kyle Zick <kz...@kylezick.com>
Subject: Ringer Playground - IN PERSON Design Meeting #2 Tuesday Sept 19, 6:00pm
In our first community meeting for Phase 1, we reviewed some key points from the comprehensive plan, and described the work that our Phase 1 project will address. We have some design ideas for these areas to share, are eager to hear feedback and ideas
from the community.
The information for this first meeting is below.
Ringer Playground Design Meeting #2
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Jackson Mann Community Center
Community members requested an in-person meeting, so we are happy that the Community Center can accommodate our group. We do not film our in-person meetings, so if you are not able to attend, please refer to the minutes that we will post to the project
page approximately 1 week after. We will also upload the presentation to the project page.
Please share, tell your neighbors, and I hope to see you at our meeting.