If you wondered why Al Polin expressed no disappointment over the loss of the children's park next to 300 East named after him, you need look no further than the newly-renamed park at 29th & Talbott Street. IndyParks, without fanfare, recently erected this sign above naming it the "Alfred E. Polin Playground." You may recall that Polin, along with neighborhood leader Claire Warner, blocked the Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association from taking a vote on the proposed 300 East bar in the Julia Carson Government Center despite vocal opposition from area neigbhors. The two later testified at the Metropolitan Development Commission hearing on the rezoning petition that the neighborhood supported the bar.
Mayor Peterson and the city parks department, of course, denied any role in the original decision to remove the playground equipment from the former Polin Park. IndyPark's website, however, listed it as a neighborhood mini-park. After the playground equipment was removed, the city added the following to the site's information on Polin Park, which still appears on the public website:
Due to the removal of the playground equipment at Al Polin Park, Indy Parks is searching for another suitable park location surrounding the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood to rename in honor of Mr. Al Polin.
We regret any inconvenience. Please check back.
The new Polin Park is actually listed on the site as the Talbott and 29th Street Park. There has been a small park at this site since 1973. Isn't it interesting how these things get worked out? Doesn't it instill confidence in our public processes? And who still thinks Mayor Peterson didn't have anything to do with this entire sordid affair?