Here Are Some Ideas Presented By Citizens to Add to the Community
WHAT DO RESIDENTS WANT?
Deny rezoning to commercial development
Deny rezoning to make Metacomet property part of the Waterfront District. If a full rezone denial is not possible, re-zone with stipulations to control the type of redevelopment that can happen on the property.
Acceptable rezoning would include:
Public, community or botanical gardens
Native plant garden/park
Educational environmental resource center
Small boutique hotel (not to exceed 2 stories) with 9 hole golf course to be used as a wedding or event venue
Public or Semi-private Golf Course with a Museum to Island Golf
Single family homes
Conservation area with trails
Picnic area with Firepits
paddle boats out on the water
Partnership with land conservation
Farmer's Market with local artisan goods
Food trucks and food stalls of local businesses
Sculpture garden made by local artists
Outdoor garden/ flower shows
Winter lights strung up like Lasalette
Clubhouse with Cafe
Outdoor tiki bar
Movies in the park
The Rec center
Mini Central Park
Recreation center/ community pool
Small conference center/event venue
Maintain existing 18 hole golf course
Investigate preservation possibilities which may be possible with regard to wildlife, scenic roadway, Donald Ross Historical Society and ties to Indian territories.
Robert Schwartz: New York Botanical Gardens Junior. NYBG = 250 acres. MBG = 138 acres. Plenty of space to create some permanent magic. The gardens could also anchor events for both the Halloween and Christmas seasons. Springfield, MA. has had a holiday display in use for many years. It is extremely successful, draws in lots of visitors from throughout all of NE, makes lots of $$$. And - that is just one small event they host throughout the year.
Image created by Ben Schwartz