We recently had friends stop by for a couple of hours during a trip to visit relatives in Richmond. They were amazed that from our small townhome community we were able to walk a block to a supermarket, pharmacy, and other conveniences. They loved it when we were greeted as if we were family at La Joya, the neighborhood restaurant that we walk to often. After learning that we had a bus across the street that gets us to the Downtown Mall in about 5 minutes and another bus that takes us to UVa and the UVa Health Center in about 10 minutes, they kept remarking that our retired life seemed just about perfect.
Thanks Charlottesville Tomorrow for bringing Jeff Speck to Charlottesville. I hope more of our citizens will be able to experience the joys of living in a truly walkable city.
“The challenges you face aren’t how to become a vibrant place where people want to be, but how to provide the best quality of life for those people who come here and to allow more of them to experience the best of what you have to offer,” he said. The talk, titled “Towards a More Walkable Charlottesville,” was sponsored by Charlottesville Tomorrow and was held Thursday at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. More than 200 people attended.
Looking forward to the butterflies – Hope the meadow and trail will open soon!
In reading the Charlottesville Tomorrow article, I was delighted to see that the Overall Park design for McIntire Park East includes a wildflower meadow with a trail loop. Wonderful! In the years to come, our new meadow will attract many visitors – both tourists and residents. Hope it is completed soon.
When is the last time you saw a meadow?
Not a field, but a meadow with wildflowers, butterflies, meadowlarks and a wide variety of grasses? When is the last time you saw a Queen Anne’s lace and when is the last time you saw a milkweed plant growing wild? If you’re like me, you have seen more folks that looked like Elvis than even a single, pristine meadow in Central Virginia. That’s because a thick grass called fescue has taken over our fields. It’s worse than kudzu on our trees and it’s a primary cause of a dramatic decline in the monarch butterfly population. Meadows, you see, host a wide variety of plants, birds and animals. Fescue fields do not.
The Charlottesville Parks and Recreation staff and the architects of Charlottesville’s McIntire Park master plans unveiled the designs for the park’s eastern half to the public this week at the Carver Recreation Center. The master plan adds features to the park such as a synthetic turf field, an amphitheater, and an 8.5-acre botanical garden. Which of these features do you like best?
… “What you’re seeing is further evidence of the demand to live in more urban, walkable, transit-friendly communities,” said Stewart Schwartz, director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. “A big part of this is place-making — creating vibrant, interesting places where people can see each other and be seen. They’re what urbanists call third places. There’s home and work and a third place, where it’s easier to have serendipitous actions than if you’re in your car.” …
–Carol Morello, Monday, June 25, Washington Post
Let’s work on the “walkable, transit-friendly” part of placemaking!
We heard a lot about placemaking recently when the City Council discussed the re-bricking of the Charlottesville Downtown Mall. Now McIntire Park East offers a unique opportunity for placemaking! Continue reading →
We have the opportunity to create a beautiful, world-class public garden right here in the heart of Charlottesville! Just imagine a garden featuring native plants for ALL of our citizens to enjoy for generations to come located within walking distance of our Downtown Mall. McIntire Botanical Garden (mcintirebotanicalgarden.org) is a non-profit already in existence and poised to help with fundraising efforts. — So what are we waiting for? Please urge City Council not to let this opportunity slip away!
McIntire Park East – 2nd Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Public Hearing – May 16, 2012
“The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is considering the concepts now, will discuss this at their May meeting, then make a recommendation to the Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to City Council.”
Wednesday, May 16th, 5:00 pm
New Location: TJPDC’s Water Street Center Room
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Public Hearing