The controversial Central Avenue extension is proposed to come within eight feet of a historic black neighborhood park.

"The road basically will be where there is a parking lot as far as any activities in the park," said Tiffany Rankins, secretary of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association. "It's like [the city] taking away the parking area over at Warner Park or Coolidge Park and just giving them a field."

This week, Rankins and other Lincoln Park residents learned new details about the Central Avenue extension project, which would ease access to Erlanger hospital and connect to Riverside Drive.

City transportation officials say the preferred route includes two lanes of traffic and a roundabout, features designed to slow traffic near what will become a restored park. Mayor Andy Berke pledged seven months ago to acquire the land and restore the park that dates back 100 years.

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