The minute I started reading this article about racial disparities in park acreage, the McMillan Reservoir came to mind. Sure, we have many large open spaces in the vicinity of the reservoir, but none of it is available for public use. Can you really compare our small triangular pocket parks (which are afterthoughts since they are not suitable for development) and occasional two-to-three acre park to Rock Creek Park`s 1,754 acres?
Viewed in this light, requesting a 25 contiguous acre public park is not an unreasonable request. Further, the unique historical character of the site provides an opportunity for creative park development. New York City`s Highline, Seattle`s Gas Works Park, and Germany`s Duisburg Landscape Park are examples of creative, thinking which transformed abandoned industrial facilities into community assets. Many say that the city`s current plans for McMillan is a done deal and that a compromise is in order to minimize the impact to the community.
I say No.
If the bulldozers are not pushing dirt, it`s not too late to push for more. Let`s not forget, this proposed development is an integral part of a monumental corridor in the nation`s capital, which some consider the capital of the world. Mundane development along the long-neglected North Capitol corridor in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol Building is absolutely short-sided and unacceptable.