Action Delayed On Sale Of Park
Council Seeks Appraisal Of Felch Property
Action on the University’s offer of $30,000 for Felch park, the 2 1/2 acre park bounded by E. Huron, Fletcher, E. Washington Sts. and Park Terrace opposite the Rackham building, was postponed by the City Council last night.
Upon motion of Ald. Thomas C. Pew, the council voted to ask the Ann Arbor Real Estate Association how much it would charge for an appraisal of the park. An appraisal was recommended by the park committee before action on the University’s offer.
Several members of the council expressed the idea that the association should make the appraisal without charge, as a civic contribution.
Petition Opposes Sale
Two communications opposing the sale were received by the council, one a petition signed by 44 residents of the Felch park neighborhood, gave no reasons. The other, signed by Harold P. Marley, 110 N. State St., said the city needed "close in" parks and that Felch park made an ideal spot for carillon concert listeners.
Ald. John B. White said residents sixth ward had been asking him what other park property could be obtained in the ward for $30,000 as a substitute. Park Superintendent Eli A. Gallup said the park board had been considering converting the Hoover estate on Washtenaw Ave. into a park and playground.