Shelby Farm Park Conservancy's official statement on Parkside Development:
Shelby Farms Park’s ability to positively impact the communities beyond its borders has always been an important part of our big vision for the world’s next great 21st century park.
We believe that the Parkside Development has the potential to complement Shelby Farms Park’s mission while enhancing the communities north of the Park, but only if it is designed, built and operated well.
While Shelby Farms Park has no financial stake in the project and it is not a Park project, we believe that a public park has a big responsibility to its citizens. Over the years, we’ve carefully studied the positive impacts of smart development near major urban parks. A good design, thoughtfully planned, can and should lift neighborhoods. Land Use Control Board and City Council have asked us to review the project as designs come together to help make sure it has a positive effect on the Park and its visitors.
We appreciate the design approach of Parkside Development so far, and we're especially pleased with the designers' focus on a walkable and bikeable project. The developers have put together a reputable team, and they have made several presentations to us. We look forward to developing a better understanding of many components of the project, including feasibility and the impact this development will have on the challenging traffic problem in the Park. We look forward to being involved in the process moving forward.
Shelby Farms Park hosts events and school groups several times a week. There will be large groups at the Woodland Discovery Playground on Wednesday and Friday from 9am - 1pm.