Let’s celebrate some progress. Ten years ago the centerpiece of Carroll Creek Linear Park was an open sewer — a smelly pool of stagnant water supporting little more than slimy green algae. This canal has been transformed. Now its splendid waterlilies alone are well worth repeated visits. And the ducks. The city put in a pump house to move and filter the water. And some dedicated people worked persistently over several years to establish the waterlilies. At least that’s my understanding of the story as a casual observer. But it would be good to have a News-Post feature about exactly how this big civic improvement was achieved. What precisely needed to be done, and who did it? Whom should we thank? What problems did they have to overcome? And what are the remaining difficulties in maintaining what is now a great civic asset?

Peter Samuel


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Hey Peter. Carroll Creek improvements were just another BOONDOGGLE started by Ron Young. Some of his other BOONDOGGLES were the Weinberg Center, underground wiring in DTF, Harry Grove Stadium, Frederick Community Action Agency, Maryland Smart Growth, parking garages, etc.


Ironic that ex-Mayor Jennifer's restaurant is one of the few downtown properties that flooded yesterday.


Yeah, and all public properties. Not one are a privately owned hotel, or the undersized parking garage/building foundation needed to hold the building up. Swing and a miss there don.


A lot of people hate it. It promotes change and many do not want that.


Change can be for a better future.


Great LTE. While the fish and the water lilies are good for cleaning the water, they are obviously not sufficient, so I would like to know if there are other plans in the works.


You can suggest stories directly to staff.


I quite agree. It is a gem in our city and needs care to grow and thrive.

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