To the Editor:
There was an odd sentence in the Jan. 6 Herald report on the “Memorandum of Understanding” signed by the U. of C. and the city on Dec. 16, which caught my attention and so I obtained a copy of the press release distributed by the U. of C.
Among other things, the press release states that in the agreement “the city will provide the university with … development of a framework plan for Nichols park…” That is apparently the source for the odd sentence in the Herald article but doesn’t clarify much.
First, how does the city propose to ‘provide the development of’ a framework plan? Second, a framework plan for Nichols Park already exists. Is the city proposing to ‘provide the development of’ a new one? Third, why would the city agree to ‘provide the U. of C. with development of a plan instead of provide the community or the park? Maybe, if we’re really lucky, what’s actually meant by ‘provide the development of’ means provide the money for the implementation of the existing plan.
For the sake of clarity, I suggest that it would be appropriate for any entity wishing to ‘provide for the development of’ something regarding Nichols Park to bring its suggestion to the Nichols Park Advisory Council, before signing an agreement to do it.
Nichols Park Advisory Council