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Statement of Tom Bradford, Director The land which we now call Hampton Park has seen many uses: plantation, racecourse, exposition site and now, finally, the gem in Charleston’s system of parks. It truly is one of the prettiest places in our city. The park was designed by a member of the famous Olmstead family, renowned for other famous and beautiful parks in this country. I’ve driven my car through the park. I’ve ridden bikes in the park and I’ve walked in the park. I know it well. Like much of the rest of historic Charleston, Hampton Park at some point was retrofitted to accommodate the automobile. Though I don’t know precisely when this happened, nor much about the circumstances, we should acknowledge that this took place when everyone was quite sure that, no matter the consequences, the automobile had to be fit into our cityscape nearly everywhere. The car wound up with two lanes. The more natural activities associated with parks are still being challenged. Please. The automobile isn’t a natural part of a park, not the same way as beautifully landscaped trees, shrubs, paths — and people enjoying them are. Cars are a somewhat uncomfortable fit for a park. But the proposition before you today is NOT to do away with cars in Hampton Park. It is to acknowledge the natural role that other forms of transportation and recreation must have throughout our great city. Especially in a park. Keep one lane for cars. But formalize and legitimize a practice that is now firmly rooted in what happens day-in and day-out in Hampton Park: people on foot and people on bikes using their respective spaces in inside lane. Cars, at low speeds in the outside lane. After all: it is a Park.