Newport Daily News Letters To The Editor
Newport Daily News Letters To The Editor – The editorial on the threat to our national parks and monuments was very timely. We are also at risk of losing some of our town park.
In 1991 the Riverview Farm Park Master Plan was adopted by the City Council after a lengthy process involving citizens. That process must be respected. The 58 acres of riverside land that was the last part of City Farm that housed prisoners was retained in the park. The entire land was zoned as a park and to this day it is zoned as such. The earth was never divided. The inmates have been gone since 2015, and our citizens are waiting to enjoy the most valuable part of our park.
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Those of us waiting to get to our park understand how important the James River has been to the history and economic growth of our city. Another generation has grown up in the meantime without awareness of our river which can only come from frequent contact with it.
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Between Hilton and Lucas Creek, there is one piece of public land along the river that citizens can now walk on, a 39-foot piece of land at the end of Blount Point Road. The Town Farm is a part of our heritage that we cannot afford to lose. means
It is important to preserve the history of Warwick Town, which was the county seat of Warwickshire, and is located on the City Farm site. The Newport News Parks and Recreation & Tourism Department’s Historic Services Division noted in their June 2010 publication that Warwick Township, “Warwick County’s first urban center, was also the scene of significant commercial activity.” A wharf, shipbuilding facilities, and a boatyard were nearby and a ferry ran up the James River from Warwick Township … Several houses were built there, along with a brick courthouse and jail, … and a tobacco warehouse, and still in use in 1750.”
Such history must be preserved. We could rebuild elements of Warwick Old Town, including the shipyard. But why stop there? Why not build a replica of the old ships and recreate the old courthouse and jail. It could be a tourist attraction.
I urge the Town Council to develop a plan to restore such elements of Warwick Old Town as may reap the benefits of history, as a tourist attraction.
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Look at Jamestown. It was abandoned for many years, and people said the old fort was gone, but archaeologist Bill Kelso found it!
There is a unique opportunity for the citizens of Newport News to provide their input regarding the comprehensive plan that has been developed for the city. Public meetings are held where comment cards can be submitted.
Please take this opportunity to let the planning commission know that you want City Farm to be shown as a park on a future Land Use Map. City Farm is zoned as a park now, and we want it to open to the public soon.
As a park, it will relieve the crowds at Huntington Park and provide access to the James and Warwick rivers that we have been seeking for 49 years.
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It is difficult for students to care about a river that is not theirs. How can they see it as theirs without access to it? A teacher spoke to the City Council about her classes having to travel outside of Newport News to access our waterways (see).
There is no public park on the shore about nine miles between Hilton and Lucas Creek. Opening up City Farm as a park will increase property values, creating a higher tax base, spread out over tens of thousands of homes, without sacrificing the last opportunity for public waterfront access in this area. Residential real estate is usually a net tax loss because of the services that must be provided. Even if half the property taxes (highly unlikely) from the proposed 205 luxury homes could be applied to the taxes of the city’s current 76,900 housing units reduction, it would bring tax savings per taxpayer in the single digits.
Most of our park acre is Newport News Park, which is limited in use. You cannot swim in the reservoir or put a motorboat in the water. Not on a river that goes to the bay. It is located at the very end of our town. Town Farm is near the center of our town’s population.
City Farm has great value as a riverfront park, whether or not it has a swimming beach, which doesn’t have to be near the Deep Creek channel. Let’s keep the Town Farm and access to the James and Warwick Rivers for us all, especially our students
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Congratulations to our new city manager! Miss Cindy Rohlf’s irony seems to be that our City Council does not feel the need to follow a “process” when selecting the person in charge. for running the city government of Newport News, while they seem steadfast in their desire to withdraw. “process” to decide whether to make the City Farm property an official part of Riverview Farm Park.
Citizen after tax-paying citizen came before the City Council demanding that the building be made part of the park. I can only remember one person coming before the council and asking for another use of the building. He was a developer!
No process is required to make the City Farm building part of the park. The hardworking taxpayers of Newport News deserve access to the beach.
The best way to ensure that this property is used for public benefit will take time – and process. Funding this public benefit will take time – and a process.
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But there is no need for a process to ensure that this property is held in trust for this and future generations. He wants Newsport City Council to simply make the City Farm building part of Riverview Farm Park.
It is encouraging that more Newsport City Council members are speaking publicly about the future of City Farm. However, when citizens only get 3 minutes to talk to the council, but no discussion, no answers to questions, it says something about what is lacking in terms of how we are going about this process. To reduce the confusion among some people in this town about the issues, we need to reduce the barriers between the public and the council. We need to establish a dialogue, a real dialogue, not talking past each other.
Town Hall meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Newport News, 12716 Warwick Blvd. (next to Point Memorial Park Cemetery) is a good place to start. Council members Bert Bateman and Pat Woodbury will participate. This meeting and more meetings like this with other members of the council are needed.
Our website, , will continue to provide a calendar of meetings and events, access to relevant documents, and links to videos and other sources of information. Dan Wilson, Takuya Kuroda, Melissa Aldana, Jazz Is Dead Presents and Sullivan Fortner with more artists to be announced. These artists join the aforementioned 2022 festival bill. Daytime artist schedules can be found below and 2-Day and Single-Day tickets go on sale at 1:00 PM EDT today via www.newportjazz.org
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In addition to the new artists announced today, this year’s festival features Norah Jones, Esperanza Spalding, The Fearless Flyers, Angelique Kidjo’s Remain In Light, Terence Blanchard, PJ Morton, The Ron Carter Quartet, BADBADNOTGOOD, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Lettuce, Cory Wong, Sons of Kemet, Nubya Garcia, Jazzmeia Horn, Nate Smith + KINFOLK, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, Benevento/Russo Duo Acoustic, Nicholas Payton Trio, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Makaya McCraven , Yussef Dayes, Antonio Sanchez & Bad Hombre, Mononeon , Shabaka Hutchings, Vijay Iyer Trio, The Baylor Project, The Soul Rebels, Sampa The Great, Celisse, Emmet Cohen Trio, The Nth Power, Theon Cross, Thana Alexa: Ona, Lady Blackbird, Tuba Skinny, Samara Joy, Melanie Charles, Giveton Gelin, Holly Bowling and Laufey.
Featured ensembles include Newport Jazz artist director Chistian McBride’s annual Jawn Jam with McBride, Makaya McCraven, Chris Potter, Vijay Iyer, Brandee Younger & Mike Stern; the Jack DeJohnette Quartet with Don Byron, Matt Garrison, and Luisito Quintero; Pino Palladino, Blake Mills, Sam Gendel & Abe Rounds; “Trio Tapestry” by Joe Lovano with Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi and The Mingus Big Band celebrating 100 years of Charles Mingus. The festival will also feature a tribute to George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, founder of the late Newport Folk Festival, with special guests to be announced.
Single and 2-Day General Admission and Student Tickets go on sale at 1:00 PM EDT today. No ticket is required for children under 10. Two children are admitted free for each ticketed adult. Children 10 and under require a Student General Admission Ticket. All tickets are available through DICE, and can be purchased at www.newportjazz.org/tickets.
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