By Tony de Garate
Controversy continues over Cañon Street Pocket Park
When board member Jon Linney heralded the details of a Jan. 10 community cleanup of a proposed Cañon Street Pocket Park on the OB Rag website, the report generated more than 60 comments. That discussion continued in a passionate but respectful manner at the board’s January meeting.
“Our clean-up Saturday was a huge success thanks to neighbors, activists, students, and other volunteers,” Linney said.
The volunteers removed years of accumulated construction debris, trash, dead foliage and weeds, Linney said. Burtech Pipeline donated heavy equipment and hauled away 12 dump loads at no charge.
“The response was heart-warming. Motorists gave us thumbs-ups and neighbors asked to be added to work party lists,” he said.
Linney and board Secretary Don Sevrens have spearheaded the effort to turn the quarter-acre vacant lot along Cañon Street west of where Avenida de Portugal dead-ends into a park. The land was once planned as a road right-of-way but is now controlled by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
But some neighbors said a park could attract an unwanted element. …