SLO's Parks and Recreation Commissioners agreed to revisit the controversial parking lot expansion at Mitchell Park after residents of the neighborhood group, Save Mitchell Park, addressed the commission during its March 5 meeting. Although Mitchell Park wasn't on the agenda, the commission listened and voted to put the issue on its agenda for a future discussion.
Mitchell Park is a grassy rectangle, bordered by Pismo Street, Osos, Buchon, and Santa Rosa, and anchored in the middle by a round gazebo. Since the '70s, the senior center has occupied the eastern corner of the plot, and for nearly as long, the seniors have protested the lack of parking. Last November, the commission decided to address the issue and members suggested paving over what was deemed an underutilized portion of the park. Locals reacted--the 6,000 square foot plot is supposed to be a community garden, according to the park's master plan--by posting flyers and organizing neighborhood meetings.
Earlier this year, the Cultural Heritage Committee rejected the parking lot proposal and recommended an Environmental Impact Report, which the City Council then requested. The Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss the issue again at the April 2 meeting, and revote on a recommendation to the City Council.