Sunday, July 11, 2010

Metro Center Levee Greenway: A Review

Posted By on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 at 4:22 PM

You get some lovely views of the river.
  • You get some lovely views of the river.
In Short:

Location: On top of the Metro Center Levee
Size of Park: Big. Not BIG big, but big
Crowds: None
Approximate Age of Patrons: Not quite 30
Topics of Conversation: "I better be getting lunch out of this."
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: A lot of white vehicles, weirdly
Perceived Safety: High
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Medium low.
Number of pitbulls sighted: Just mine
Accessibility: Pretty good, if you don't need to rest frequently
Incorporation of Local History: None
Recommended Patrons: People braver than me

A strange structure, with no reason.
  • A strange structure, with no reason.
In a park-reviews first, I had to send a stunt double to go up to check out the Metro Center Levee Greenway. I've tried a couple of times previously, but I just can't get up there, so I had to enlist the help of my brother.

This should not keep you away from the Greenway, though. I have an intense phobia about heights, so trying to get up the ramp to get on top of the levee, which is a lovely, not-very-steep incline which most folks can handle with no problem, apparently causes huge anxiety attacks in me.

But, I have thoroughly investigated the greenway from the bottom of the levee and it seems quite lovely. I regularly see bikers and walkers and joggers up there.

If the whole greenway were enclosed like this, I could enjoy it.
  • If the whole greenway were enclosed like this, I could enjoy it.
My stunt double reported that the top of the levee is, in his words, "cool." He didn't know there was a greenway there, but now that he does, he is very excited about coming back without me, "no offense."

I asked him especially to try to determine if the strange structure a little way from the start of the path perhaps marked the south side of the old Buena Vista Ferry. He said there was nothing on the structure to indicate that this was the case and, upon taking a good look at the other side of the river, which has rocky cliffs directly across, that the ferry must have been just a hair farther west, where the north bank comes more gently towards the river.

Anyway, this is a part of the park system I will not enjoy without drugs, but it seems very nice from the safety of low ground.

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