This week, the Acting Parks & Recreation Superintendent, Christopher Williams, released his Superintendent Decision following the September 9th recommendation by the Board of Parks Commissioners to allow the establishment of an urban farm at Atlantic City Nursery.
Endorsing this recommendation, Mr. Williams said “As acting Superintendent, I fully endorse this important project that will promote community agriculture in the city. I look forward to working with the project proponents and the community to design and develop an urban agriculture program at the Atlantic City Nursery site that will be a model for future projects”. Mr. Williams also indicated that he supports improving safety and providing for public access for the site. You can see the full text of Mr Williams’ statement here: Atlantic City Nursery Use Plan.
Parks is putting together a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Non Profit Operator to operate and manage the urban farm at the site and has announced a tentative schedule for proposals as follows:
- December 10, 2010 Advertisement begins
- December 20, 2010 On-site open house for Interested Parties 2 p.m.
- January 6, 2011 Proposals due by 3:00 p.m.
- January 7 – 19, 2011 RFP Evaluation
- January 20 & 21, 2011 RFP Oral interviews – optional. (Interviews will be used solely for the purpose of seeking clarification of specific points of qualification.)
- January 24, 2011 Final RFP recommendation to Superintendent.
The Friends of Atlantic City Nursery are preparing for and intend to file a response, in partnership with Seattle Tilth to the RFP.
For additional information, contact, Peter Masundire.