The Metro parks were, in some very fundamental ways, the saving grace of our city during the flood. They flooded instead of neighborhoods, and they held the mountains of our broken homes. I know people complained about how dirty the parks were and for how long, but I repeat — that space could have been neighborhoods.
And we saw what happened to neighborhoods too near our waterways.
In a perfect world we'd have parks and greenways along all our waterways to act as a flood buffer.
The only thing that concerns me is that it looks to me like more than a third of the fairgrounds flooded, according to the city's own map. I know that's prime real estate, so just turning it all into a park is a pipe dream.
But I hope the city works with developers to ensure that there are only parking lots near the creek.
Let's learn from our past.