Fayetteville City Council spares park

March 17, 2008 9:32:19 PM PDT
Hundreds of Fayetteville residents are celebrating a victory over city hall.

They have saved one of the city's oldest parks, by protesting a consultant's plan to cut up Rowan Park for new homes and businesses.

It is part of a multimillion dollar development for downtown, but the park has been a favorite gathering area near downtown since World War II.

Residents were not going to let it go without a fight. City Council bowed to public pressure and ordered the developers not to touch the park.

"This time the process worked," Resident, Mary Kay Hennessey said. "Rowan Street Park is a universally beloved park; it took longer to get petitions signed, because everybody had a story to tell."

The rest of the downtown improvement project should begin within the next year or two.