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Make Levee Park accessible with creativity (04/23/2014)
From: Peter Flick

I believe Levee Park and the downtown waterfront are under-used public spaces because of ineffective design. I would love to see the park be a place for the community to gather, recreate and enjoy on a daily basis. Being wheelchair-bound, I’d like to have the park be more accessible and welcoming.

I was recently quoted, “cutting into the Levee and making a floodgate was a waste of money and resources.” This is a concern I have. The dike has held back the waters and kept downtown Winona from inundation since the flood of 1965. It has done its job.

So I’m asking, have the limitations of this gigantic berm staying in place been fully examined when considering the updating of the park spaces? I have often thought how designers of parks like Chicago’s Millennium Park or Baltimore’s Inner Harbor would solve our Levee Park’s shortcomings. Using creative architects, who have had some success solving similar problems, is not a waste of money in my mind. Competitions have often been held for designs which solve particular problems.

I do support having an improved waterfront with accessible and enjoyable public spaces. An improved Levee Park. 

 

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