Park Pride released the following statement about visioning for Candler Park:
In May 2011, the Candler Park community applied to Park Pride to participate in the Park Visioning Program. Candler Park was chosen as one of two parks that would be offered the services of Park Pride’s landscape architects to participate in an extensive community engagement process to develop a master plan for the park.
Park Pride’s role in Park Visioning is as a facilitator and resource to the community as they take ownership of their own visioning process. For Visioning to be successful, it is critical that the community drive the process and trust Park Pride as a neutral facilitator and unbiased sounding board. From the beginning, misaligned expectations, politically charged issues and concerns about Park Pride’s objectivity presented challenges to the process and limited our ability to complete the goal.
Both the community and Park Pride believe that a master plan needs to be developed for Candler Park. But due to the previously stated issues and concerns we feel that it is in the best interest of a successful park vision, that Park Pride removes itself from the process. Our hope is that this will allow the community time to continue its dialogue and lay the groundwork that ultimately will lead to a successful community driven planning process.
Park Pride and the Candler Park community have a long and successful history of working together, and we will continue to work together on a plan for Candler Park after a period of laying groundwork. We believe that taking this important step to ensure that the right pieces are in place before engaging in a master planning process, will lead to a successful community framework on which to build in the future.