Contrary to any previous impressions I might have given, I don't hate parks. To prove it, I voted for the proposal to re-vamp Springdale Park in College Hill when it came to the Historic Preservation Commission. With pleasure.
But Jim Schlosser's story in the N&R about the park does give some weight to the idea that parks can become a problem* if not carefully managed, which a commenter scoffed at in a previous post.
Transients, no doubt drawn by the railroad two blocks away, have made a bunking place of one of the city's oldest municipal parks — and probably its smallest.One of the many good things about this revival is that the neighborhood is helping to do it with money from its Municipal Service District tax. College Hill and Aycock both volunteer to tax themselves at a $0.05 higher rate, and that extra revenue goes into a city fund that is used for improvements in public spaces in the neighborhood.
*Note to Cara Michele: I'm not saying that the homeless shouldn't use parks. But when lots of them use the park as a place to sleep off a drunk or a high, it's a problem. It keeps a lot of people from feeling safe there.