Monday, October 01, 2012

DC chapter of the Sierra Club opposes McMillan development plan

Passed along by ANC 5C03 Commissioner Hugh Youngblood:
Friends of McMillan Park
For Release: 1 October 2012
Contact: Kirby Vining, (202) 213–2690, restoremcmillan @
Sierra Club Opposes City`s McMillan Development Plan
The DC Chapter of the Sierra Club has come out against the current development plan proposed for the McMillan Park Reservoir site. In its letter to the Historic Preservation Review Board, the Club asks the HPRB to ``reject the currently-proposed master plan`` because it contains far too little contiguous public park space. 
``The present design plans do too little to preserve the parklike characteristics that dominate the present space,`` Jim Dougherty, the Club`s Conservation Chair, tells the HPRB. ``A more balanced plan for the McMillan Park site would devote half or more of the surface to contiguous park and park-like use.``       
The local Sierra Club thus joins Howard University, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B, and community groups representing Bloomingdale, Pleasant Plains, and Stronghold in opposition to the current plan.      
To share your thoughts on the future of McMillan Park, please contact Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie at (202) 724-8028 or  and Mayor Vincent Gray at (202) 727-6300 or .
To join our efforts at the Friends of McMillan Park, please contact Kirby Vining at (202) 213-2690, , @McMillanPark  on twitter, or . To view our creative alternative master plan for McMillan Park, please visit  and .

Full Text of the Sierra Club Letter:

Press Release_DC Chapter of the Sierra Club Opposes City`s McMillan Development Plan_1Oct2012

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