|Hidden park could be real gem|
I talked to several people about the cleanup and Shakespeare performance at Carter Park that happened over the weekend. Not one of them knew where it was and only one person had even heard of it. When I explained that it was that small park near the bridge, right downtown, they still had no idea.
And why would they? It is hidden by overgrown plants and, since the staircase was removed, has one access point on the very far side of the Stone Pine Center parking lot.
I have on occasion taken head-clearing walks down there and have only ever seen one other person, and he looked to have been camping there for quite some time.
It is not a very inviting spot, but I think it has enormous potential. Take a walk down there and imagine that all the blackberry and stinging nettle were removed and the park could embrace Pilarcitos Creek rather than be hidden from it. And imagine that you could see the park when walking across the bridge and that there was a staircase that led down from Main Street where people could bring their lunch and find a picnic table.
There would of course be a mountain of permits, red tape and financial considerations before anything could happen, but just look what an impact a small group of volunteers had on the park in just an afternoon. We have a creekside park, studded with mature redwoods just waiting to be appreciated and improved. Let’s not turn our backs on this diamond in the rough.