Landscape architects and designers offered plenty of images to the Route 195 Redevelopment District Commission Monday night of what the public parks on the now-vacant former highway land might become, noting at times that they’ve made some changes over the last 8-1/2 months to reduce the cost to build the parks.
But as the commissioners viewed designs, they pushed back, saying they’d like to see other proposals before plans are finalized and questioned whether designers might develop other possibilities for a proposed pavilion. Commissioners debated whether designs should include public restrooms.
[Commissioner Mark T.] Ryan stressed it would be foolish to do more design work if the commission doesn’t like that design.
“I don’t like it,” commissioner John M. Kelly said.
“I think it’s beautiful,” commissioner Barbara A. Hunger said.
“I think the architect should come up with some options,” Ryan said.
What exactly are the 195 Commissioners’ (or RIDOT’s for that matter) qualifications for designing parks?