Councilwoman supports Main Street-Twin Hills Park pedestrian link

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 06:44 PM.

Helt said she envisions parents strolling over to Main Street to eat and shop while their children play at the skate park or ball fields in Twin Hills Park. Pharmacy students at Florida A&M University's Rural Diversity Healthcare Center could take their lunch over to the park to eat and study outdoors. During downtown festivals, a pedestrian link to a site offering more parking also would be beneficial, she said.

"It also helps the parking situation because you use all the parking in the park and downtown," Helt said. "It's also a very short distance over to our new parking lot."

The Amtrak shelter, closed after Hurricane Katrina track damage caused suspension of the Sunset Limited's service east of New Orleans, could have new use in the concept, Helt said.

"When you're aggressively looking at ways to beautify your downtown, the last thing you want is to have something boarded up," Helt said. "It is the cutest little thing. That could be even turned — if there's not another suggestion — into a public restroom."

CRA board members agreed with Helt's recommendations.

"That is a lot of good information and we want to be good stewards of that area," board member and City Councilman Tom Gordon said. "My concern is security."

Helt noted that boarding up the Amtrak station was necessitated by vandalism "because there was nothing going on around it."

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