Each group made a thirty-minute presentation of their work and their vision for the project. When all the presentations had been made, and two members of the committee had already completed their evaluation sheets, Rob Perry commented, "I feel the third place one would be fine," implying that he though anyone of the three groups would do a good job.
One group envisioned Promenade Hill as city center. Among their ideas were a "destination playground" that would draw children from around the region, a theater with step seating that integrated a sloped walk, turning the conference room at 1 North Front Street into an ice cream parlor (Charlie Davi would be vindicated), introducing "festive lights" to draw people to the park, and having a schedule of events in the park, examples given being concerts and movie nights.
Another group had a different grasp of Promenade Hill. They spoke of the ability to "walk from a very urban core to a place that can take your mind away" and acknowledged that Promenade Hill "captures one of the most magical parts of the Hudson Valley." Their vision was to "take some of the best of what is there and upgrade it" and described what might be possible for universal access to the vista as a "ramble garden."
The third group spoke of "sensitivity to place" and what was "the original design intent." They acknowledged that, on a recent Saturday night, there were people on Promenade Hill "just watching the sunset." They spoke of "ways of taking 1970s landscapes and reconnecting them to history" and showed examples of how they had done this in New York City--in Greenwich Village and Central Park.
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