The U.S. Department of Energy wants to ensure that Clark Center Park remains a â€œrecreational park assetâ€ if it is transferred to the city of Oak Ridge, an official said this week.
That ought to be good news to park supporters. Some of them have expressed concern that the 80-acre park could be turned into a gated community or a waterfront development featuring â€œMcMansionsâ€ if DOE turns the property over to the city.
John C. Shewairy, assistant manager for administration in DOEâ€™s Oak Ridge Office, said federal officials are interested in transferring the property to the city as a â€œpublic benefit conveyance.â€
â€œGiven the parkâ€™s benefit to the citizens of Oak Ridge, the option we currently favor would be to transfer ownership to the city at no cost, provided that the property remains a recreational park asset for the public,â€ Shewairy said. â€œWe are focused on this possible option.â€ [Read more…]