|The Sumpter Park Improvement Page
group of residents living near Sumpter Park (Sumpter Park Residents
Association) and MRIA (Mt. Royal Improvement Association - the
neighborhood association) are working together to encourage and develop
positive changes to the park. I have been appointed by MRIA to work on
its behalf in this process.
Last year it seemed like the park might be developed for housing. Although some residents thought (and still think) this might be a good idea, most residents overwhelmingly support keeping the park. City officials agreed to take no action toward developing the park.
The SPRA and MRIA approached the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) for help. We applied for and have been awarded technical assistance. NDC recruited a volunteer landscape architect firm. A group of residents representing the two associations have begun meeting with the architects. Based on the list of issues and wishes developed by the community at large and on discussions with the small group of representatives, the architects have been developing several drawings depicting different options.
We are working now to refine these drawings and to bring one or more of them to the larger groups of residents. The goal over the next couple of months is to receive assistance that will develop a workable and widely accepted plan, assign priorities among its various elements, and determine how to get it funded and implemented.
If you have ideas or assistance to offer, please let the MRIA president know