Some Germantown folk told me that the Parks Department told them that they would be working on greenway connectors this summer. Well, the summer is almost over and there is no evidence of any greenway work. So, I took it upon myself to follow up with Metro Parks and to find out what gives. Here is the response I got back from Director Roy Wilson:
Our designers (Gresham Smith and Carol Ashworth) are working on the alignment of the greenway trail from Downtown to MetroCenter and the spur section through Morgan Park and are putting together the bid documents so we can begin construction. We have also designed the new playground and are securing estimates for re-fencing and site amenities around the park. In this year's proposed capital funding, we are proposing $400,000 for renovation of the center. There is no holding pattern, but we are trying to get all of it pulled together.Therefore, we are playing the waiting game around Morgan Park. Unfulfilled promises linger and await designers, bidders, and worst of all approval by the Metro Council. We've seen what bad things happen to budgets that fall into Metro Council hands. So, at this point, anything can happen, but one thing is assured: it will continue to be a "few months" at the very least before the improvements of Morgan Park commence. Let's hope we are not still waiting next August.