What do you think of these ideas about Papago Park?

I read this article on Azcentral today, and my initial reaction was mixed, to say the least. It talks about changing Papago Park to include a retail center, narrower roads (Could they get any narrower? Have those people actually been to the park?), adding a trolley & monorail, and upgrading one of the golf courses. It sounds like they’re trying to Disney-ize it or something. It’s nature, people. Rocks, climbing, picnics in the desert that’s right in the middle of the city, visits to the zoo & botanical gardens, and ok, yes, there is a lake there too. I cringe at the idea of a retail center, monorail, and trolley to spoil what’s left of nature there. Why not save millions of dollars and just focus on more trash cleanup, especially around the lake? Personally I think that the “grand vision” is already there. Take a look at some of the gorgeous, uniquely shaped red rocks.

2 Comments so far

  1. demooderew (unregistered) on April 20th, 2006 @ 5:50 pm

    If you read the comments on AZ Central, fortuntely you’ll see more dissent than approval. I’m sick of this so called “improvement”, aka let’s get some cash registers chingalinging here. The park was intended to be undeveloped when it was created by President Wilson in 1914 I believe. Get in touch with your local government officials and let them know your feelings on this project, it needs to be stopped.

  2. Libran Lover (unregistered) on April 26th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    I agree with jackie and demooderew. These are not at all wise changes for Papago Park! This must be stopped.

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