Do you want to see some of the marvels of flight that are ingrained in this city’s history?
Because you’ll have options.
This weekend, the family could head downtown, park nearby and peruse exhibits in the Virginia Air and Space Center. Or you could head to Air Power Park along Mercury Boulevard where you can take in the sights (as long as it hasn’t rained in the past few days).
What if the airplanes and rockets came to you though, as you drove along some of the city’s key corridors?
Councilman Chris Stuart wants to know if the city can move Air Power Park’s displays to strategic places within the city.
Instead of forcing people to visit specific locations to view the vehicles so closely related to NASA Langley Research Center and Langley Air Force Base, why not create that omnipresent feel throughout the city?
With a little creative spirit, the right amount of open areas and a few large cranes, the airplanes and rockets could be moved to public spaces in say Buckroe, Coliseum Central or gateways leading to downtown.
During the Feb. 27 meeting, Stuart said his intent wasn’t to cram large aircraft into roadway medians, but rather to find new uses for the exhibits at Air Power Park.
Air Power Park has its challenges — flooding and drainage after it rains are problems, and the people enjoying the exhibits are exposed to the elements.
Why deal with bugs and pollen and passing rain showers when you can just pay to visit the Virginia Air and Space Center? The only advantage is the price; there is no admission cost to Air Power Park.
“It’s certainly something to consider,” said Stuart during the meeting. “I think we should get dynamic about it.”