Mola Lenghi, Arlington Journalist
As the City of Arlington decides what to do with land purchased around Rush Creek, neighbors weigh in about a proposal to remove a portion of roadway.
Some residents of an Arlington neighborhood who were flooded out by a tropical storm in 2010 are now fighting to save a street.
In the fall of last year, the city determined the Rush Creek community in between West Green Oaks Boulevard and Arkansas Lane was flood-prone. Arlington bought 48 homes and an apartment building and demolished the structures soon after.
Green space that blends into neighboring Clarence Foster Park now stands in place of the homes. Creekside Drive is the only thing dividing the green space and the park.
The city in considering a suggestion that would include the elimination of the portion of Creekside Drive that splits the park.
The city is asking how it can develop the area into a "mostly passive recreational environment," said Matt Young, assistant director of Parks and Recreation.
“We've got kind of a blank palette, and we really want feedback from residents," he said.
Young said additional trails, a pavilion and community-gathering spaces are possibilities.
Lewis Gentsch, who lives up the street from the flood-prone area, said he wouldn't mind seeing the street closed because it's not a good idea to have a street run through a park.
He also said it would also reduce the number of people who speed through his neighborhood to access Creekside.
But some people say it would eliminate an often-used passage.
Sandra Imoff, who lives on a portion of Creekside Drive that would not be demolished said the proposal would force her to circle around twice as far.
"It's just not fair,” she said.
Young said the city would work to determine the next step after considering public input from residents.
“All the suggestions, we’re considering and concepts will really develop from whether we remove those streets,” said Young.