Sep 17, 2014 — Thanks for adding your signature to the petition! Please forward to your friends and share on your Facebook page (http://tinyurl.com/ny8vo9q). At this rate we will have over a thousand signatures by Tuesday.
The petition has raised a few excellent questions we should respond to. First and foremost, funding for the art park and performance space is part of the budget for the bridge, a federally funded project — one of hundreds of infrastructure upgrades across the country. Second, the art park and performance space are designed to be a destination, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists. There could be access points for river walkways and cycling paths at the park.
The performance space could be continuously utilized by buskers, theater and scheduled music performances much like those art California Plaza. An adjacent concession with a beer and wine license and a simple, European-style al-fresco menu would service outdoor seating. However, the proximity of the MTA facility, a noisy, looming, uninspired structure, would kill the performance space and bistro. It would reduce access points to the river and block open-air views to the mountains to the northeast — creating walls and fences where there should be clear views and green space. The park would become a gloomy dead-end cul-de-sac and would likely become the kind of smelly, feces-ridden public space familiar to anyone who has ventured up the stairs adjacent to the 4th St. Bridge.