Guest column: Public input needed for successful park project in Naples

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Gordon River park site is outlined in yellow, east of Goodlette-Frank Road, in this view looking southwest. The projects at left are Mariners Cove and Bayfront.

Gordon River park site is outlined in yellow, east of Goodlette-Frank Road, in this view looking southwest. The projects at left are Mariners Cove and Bayfront.

By Matthew Kragh

Naples

The Naples Gordon River Park Master Plan is officially under way.

City Council, which has agreed to accept my volunteer services as an architect to help design the project, has directed that the park will be “passive” by nature and will focus on providing public access to the Gordon River.

The park now officially has a web presence at www.NaplesGordonRiverPark.com.

For information: info@NaplesGordonRiverPark.com or the Naples Community Services Department at 239-213-7120.

This website was designed to continually inform the public about the park as well as encourage the public to post input.

The most important portion of the master plan, to me, is to receive ample participation and public input. This is a park for the people and without good attendance at the planning meetings known as charrettes, the process will be flawed.

During the master plan process, there will be 15 separate meetings or charrettes.

We encourage the public to show up and become a part of the process. There will also be an opportunity for the park naming rights through the fundraising process.

Here is a list, Please clip it for future reference or share it with friends and neighbors. All of the meetings will take place at Naples City Council chambers at City Hall, 735 Eighth St. S., across the street from Cambier Park.

October

Oct. 28: Presidents’ Council design charrette meeting, 8:30 a.m.

November

Nov. 8: Public design charrette meeting (park program discussion), 4 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 9: Public design charrette meeting (park program discussion), 10 a.m. to noon

Nov. 12: Naples Community Services Advisory Board master plan update, 9 a.m.

Nov. 22: Public input design charette meeting No. 1 (discussion of initial design concept), 3 to 6 p.m.

Nov. 23: Public input design charette meeting No. 2 (discussion of initial design concept) 10 a.m. to noon.

December

Dec. 10: Naples Community Services Advisory Board master plan update, 9 a.m.

Dec. 16: City Council / Community Service Advisory Board joint meeting, 8:30 a.m.

January

Jan. 14 City Council / Community Service Advisory Board joint meeting, 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 14: Public input design charette meeting No. 3 (for seasonal residents), 3 to 6 p.m.

Jan. 22: Preliminary Naples Design Review Board public hearing, 9 a.m.

Jan. 27: Naples Community Services Advisory Board review of final plan, 9 a.m.

February

Feb. 11: Naples Community Services Advisory Board master plan update, 9 a.m.

Feb. 12: Naples Planning Advisory Board (conditional use public hearing), 8:30 a.m.

March

March 5: City Council public hearing (final master plan approval), 8:30 a.m.

March 11: Naples Community Services Advisory Board master plan update, 9 a.m.

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