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Consensus Tough for Daniel Boone Park Plans PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 06:13

Could the Daniel Boone Park be more of a draw to Boone—more useful more of the year?  Plans for just that—three of them—were rolled out to a room full of the various affected parties at the Best Western late yesterday afternoon.  Fred Halback of Marquis Halback took an hour or so to show the process, then began to show three plans for the property, moving roads, playgrounds, and giving more green space as well as parking.  But as the case for such diverse entities, there were lots of questions and disagreements, as those from Katy Wilson who sells at the Farmer’s Market, “The Farmer’s Market is the one that draws most of the people most of the year, and we’re treated like poor step-children as far as funding. We don’t even have a contract for next year.” Several participants took issue with two of the plans that would take a road around the back side of Strawberry Hill, such as Virginia Roseman of Horn in the West, “I think a paved road, I would assume the community and the town would say ‘no, that’s such a beautiful hill—you do not need to destroy it by paving it.’” Eric Woolridge of the Watauga County Tourism Development authority, said the reaction was not unexpected, “We know there a lot of stake-holders involved in the property, and early on, we could tell that it was going to be a challenge to come to create this consensus, but I feel like tonight was a great step toward that.” On the table is a $4 million to $5 million fundraiser to transform the 36-acres. A survey and comments are on The property includes the 60-year-old Daniel Boone Theater where Horn in the West plays, Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, Daniel Boone Native Gardens, Strawberry Hill Arboretum, the Jaycees park and playground, a parking lot used for the Watauga County Farmers' Market, a town recycling center and Boone Public Works Department maintenance yard.

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