Back in March, the City held its first public hearing about this year's application for a Community Development Block Grant. Tomorrow night, Monday, May 9, at 6 p.m., the City will hold its second public hearing on the topic. In the grant process, the first hearing is meant to gather ideas from the public; the second is intended to inform the public about the idea that was selected.
At the first public hearing, Third Ward Alderman Ellen Thurston suggested that the City apply for a grant to make improvements to the plaza surrounding Washington Hose. Since then, a specific improvement has been settled on: a ramp to provide access to Promenade Hill for people in wheelchairs and scooters.
Morris Associates, the firm that created this rendering of the proposed "gateway park" at the fork of Route 23B and Columbia Turnpike, was recruited to create the plan for the ramp that will be submitted with the grant application. The location that has been suggested for the ramp is along the retaining wall north of the stairs, behind the playground, and would involve the removal of this row of conifers, probably planted when the approach to Promenade Hill was reconfigured in the 1970s during Urban Renewal.