Belle Isle may stand in for Maurice Gibb Park:
temporary park needed during closure
The City is considering using Belle Isle as a temporary park during the upcoming closure of the Maurice Gibb Park for land-raising and renovation. At a public meeting, then later at the City Commission's Neighborhood/Community Affairs Committee meeting, residents of Belle Isle asked the City not to disrupt the wildlife or tree canopy in developing a park and that what is built, even if temporary, integrate into the natural surroundings. Parks and Rec Director, John Rebar, said the City intended to build with the "thoughtfulness that it will be permanent but to ease the minds of those who were not on board with it, [the issue] will come back to the Commission 3-6 months after Maurice Gibb Park reopens to see if the community had changed their minds" about having a park on Belle Isle. The Committee asked for a community charette to plan the park and draw up a budget as soon as possible to move forward before Maurice Gibb Park closes.