Parks & Recreation Commission Chairperson Nancy Goldenberg began last night's public meeting at the Central Branch of the Free Library, by wishing everyone a happy new year. She then went on to observe that just as this is a good time to set new resolutions, it also merits a glance back.
She then briefly outlined the Commission's accomplishments of 2010.
They included the body's formation itself, she said, and the "careful crafting" of its role. Other highlights included an organizational retreat and several full-day tours of P&R facilities; a series of public meetings; the retention of consultants to look into expanding opportunities for concessionaires; the creation of a web site and blog; and, last but not least, the drafting of an Open Lands Protection Ordinance.
Next on the list, she added, is a look at formulating an acquisitions policy.
First, Commissioner Debra Wolf Goldstein was charged with putting forth the final version of the lands protection ordinance, a task delayed since the last Commission meeting to include several recommended changes. These minor changes added clarity to a provision governing the qualification of substitute land and to ones related to the environmental impacts of proposed transfers or conversions.
This latest version was unanimously approved by the Commission last night.
Responding to cheers and claps from the audience, Wolf Goldstein sounded a cautionary note. "This is just the beginning," she said, adding that the whole thing was subject to changes at the City Council level. The draft ordinance is expected to go before Council immediately.