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A 2003 report opposing the original "Restoration" plan
Plans to "restore" Doan Brook, in Rockefeller Park, to a natural state have alarmed the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, who are concerned about the possible effects on the various ethnic gardens in the park along Martin Luther King Drive north of University Circle.
As part of a mediation agreement with the FAA, in exchange for being allowed to destroy some wetlands in the course of expanding the Cleveland Hopkins Airport's runways, the city has agreed to remove portions of the historic stone retaining walls currently channeling Doan Creek.
Preservationists argue that the channelization of Doan Creek, done early in the twentieth century as part of the creation of Rockefeller Park, was beautifully done and is now a critical part of the park's historic fabric. To remove the walls and allow the stream to wander, they claim, would destroy that historic ambiance, undermine other portions of the park and damage some of the Cultural Gardens.
The Doan Brook Restoration project has also alarmed and sent into action many veterans and their organizations in an effort to stop this project. The veterans are objecting to not having been included in the process, and because this project will adversely affect the WWI memorial. This memorial consists of over 800 trees planted along MLK Boulevard, each having a memorial medallion, one tree for each of the WWI soldiers from this area who lost their lives in that war.
Everyone should be concerned about reversion to wild, un-managed undergrowth that will make the area look abandoned, creating a attraction for the criminal element and a safety problem for visitors and residents.
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