George Barker's Resident Speakout Notes, May 28, 2014

  • Been in Columbia since 1972
  • Functioned as the General Counsel of HRD for seven years.  
  • Worked with Jim Rouse for 9 years as Sr. VP and General Counsel of  the Enterprise Development Company.
  • Came to Columbia those 42 years ago to be part of the building of a new city. But that hasn’t happened yet.
  • But now there are signs of hope as activity in the Town Center continues to grow.
  • A vital and unique piece of the making of Columbia into a downtown will be Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.
  • This is a very unique project that you are considering here. It is something that will be of direct benefit to people – not commercial concerns.

Parks are for People

I fear there are some amongst us who can’t see the forest because of the trees.

What you need to focus upon as you consider the various aspects of MPSW is what it will do for the community from a cultural and recreational standpoint. It is going to be a place where people of all ages can have fun and enjoyment from a variety of standpoints. It will be a terrific community resource. Because of its vibrancy, I think it will provide soul to Columbia’s downtown and to all the people who take advantage of its manifold offerings.

There are lots people in this room, like myself, who have been a part of the Columbia scene for a long time. We have enjoyed what this unique community has offered us. Now we have a chance to take a great leap forward which will be of great benefit to the people of Columbia, Howard County and the region. What is proposed is just going to be plain fun and enjoyable for the community. It will be a tremendous community asset. This is a unique opportunity to provide a unique resource to be enjoyed by present and future generations.

Be bold and forward-looking: support the Inner Arbor plan for Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.

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