We are now assured that Pack Square Park (with reduced water features due to post-Katrina plywood prices—but with the $450,000 Veterans’ Memorial “rock”) will, when finished, supposedly last 100 years or more. And it yet needs $1.5 million of the $2 million maintenance endowment to keep it going.
But with the salary of the executive director for the Pack Square Conservancy added in—at $60,000 per year times 100 years—that’s $6 million more needed, if the board members work for free.
Last week the Conservancy revealed that it is considering having volunteers patrol the park, believing [their] activity in the park would make it uncomfortable for those engaged in undesirable behavior.
I propose activity! This is our playground—and I do not believe we have to wait for the $60,000-a-year playground supervisor to inform us what and when to play, right?
Without authorization, I hereby invite unregistered jugglers to demonstrate their skills in the shadow of Vance Monument at 1 p.m. on May 9, while rock balancers perform on the edge of new fountains, surrounded by a harmonica orchestra, sidewalk chalk artists, Girl Scouts, Republican folksingers, unicyclists, plein-air painters, socialists, unlicensed dancers, bankers, peace activists and marble shooters!
Imagine a Saturday Art Market—every Saturday—in Pack Square Park. Owners of the park (you) can read about how to manifest a Downtown Art Market, at www.EugeneSaturdayMarket.org. Let’s we-the-people meet under the magnolia tree every Saturday at noon to get this rolling.
— Ron Ogle