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While some sound reasoning went into the plan to someday replace the well-known “teepee” structure in Cherokee Park, not everyone is convinced. One of the purposes of master planning is to attempt to reach consensus on the future needs for a park. Since there doesn’t appear to be consensus on this issue, our planning team will host an additional public meeting to discuss it before plans are finalized. Details coming soon.
Meanwhile, here’s some information about the planning effort and the teepee:
- The recommendation to remove the teepee resulted from a master plan being developed by Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, through a public process. That plan is currently in “draft final” status after four public meetings.
- The possibility of removing the structure was discussed in October 2009, in an article on the front page of the Courier-Journal’s Metro section. The planning effort was promoted via local media, Metro Council representatives, a listserv, the Metro Parks Web site and via Facebook.
- There are no immediate plans to remove the teepee, nor is funding being sought for such an effort.
- If funding is someday in place for this, approval to remove and replace the structure would trigger another public review and opportunity for public comment at that time.
- No new parking is proposed at the current location of the teepee. In fact, there would be no net increase in parking space in this area of the park.
- Master plan recommendations can evolve over time, based on changing community priorities, new information, cost limitations, etc. To that end, additional feedback is always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- The teepee structure is not in great shape. An estimate prepared by the Olmsted Parks Conservancy found that repairing the roof alone would cost at least $150,000 – about the cost of building a new shelter. Over the long-term, replacing the shelter would be more cost-effective.
- The Olmsted Parks philosophy of “restore, enhance and preserve” has gradually implemented removal of elements that are inconsistent with the Olmsted design intent and replaced them with facilities and structures that are consistent with that design intent.