Relocate Marshall Park
Concerned Citizens of Pinehurst, in another misguided effort to stop the roundabout, is now arguing that the project would harm the historic nature of that area because it is to be located in the George Marshall Park.
While local historians can better document the history of the George Marshall Park, it seems to me that the present single monument on the drive into the resort can hardly qualify as a historic presence.
It is my understanding that the original George Marshall Park was established in 1960 and that it was a "heavily wooded park, thick with dogwood and pine trees across the road from The Village Chapel " (Pinehurst Outlook).
Long-time residents have confirmed that, for many years, the monument was located adjacent to the Sandhills Woman's Exchange. The present location cannot be very historic and certainly does not pay proper respect to a past resident who was one of the great military and diplomatic leaders of the 20th century.
There is an alternative that could be a basis for celebration rather than litigation. The Village Council is now working on its latest iteration of NewCore zoning, which will add more open space into the Old Town area -- a philosophy long supported by village residents. The next step will be some form of layout or land-use plan.
I suggest that the plan include a commitment by the Village for an appropriate George Marshall Park in NewCore. This park would not necessarily have to be large, but would include the monument and other amenities. The details and possible financial support could be developed by a group of local residents and veterans to encourage community-wide support.
The objective would be to have a proper George Marshall Park that recognizes our historic and patriotic traditions.
Doug Lapins, Pinehurst
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