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Ryland's Parks: Big Plans For Downtown Salisbury From Child

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SALISBURY, Md. - Ryland Weaver, he's just like any seven year old, except he's got plans for Salisbury that are larger than his stature.

Ryland wants to build a place for children. Not just one, but several smaller parks in the downtown area.

An idea he developed with the help of his dad.

"[My dad] said I can do anything for this semester," said Ryland. "Of all the things I can do, I picked a park, to try to build a park."

His father Ryan Weaver called the Ryland's learning as a "school crash-course in urban design and urban planning."

"That's been pretty fun to watch him go through that process," Ryan Weaver said.

Ryland's parks would start at the Government building, where Ryland wants to build a hill for kids and families to walk up and exercise.

Also, he hopes to put a climable, yet safe sign as a little shout-out to the city.

"I imagined them saying 'SBY' [right on the Government building's lawn]," said Ryland.

From there, only a short walk down to the river for more pocket parks in the open spaces near the old firehouse and library, the perfect spot Ryland says for outdoor plays and puppets.

So, what do locals think of the child's dream project?

"We always look for opportunities that we can take the kids to that they'll have fun," said Jill Dennis of Mardela Springs, Md.

"I like the idea of putting it on the water," said Ben Bowen, who works at  Kuhn's Jewelers. "I think the downtown waterfront should be more incorporated."

"I need them join in with me if I'm going to build a park," said Ryland.

If you think that this may be just a school project for Ryland, think again. In the past week, he's spoken with Salisbury mayor Jim Ireton, the Salisbury City Council and representatives from the Wicomico Public Library. All of which have been very supportive, even looking at how they can remove existing infrastructure on the lands to build Ryland's parks.

As far as cost, council president Jake Day said the parks will cost "tens of thousands of dollars" to build, which could be taxpayer money. But Day tells WMDT it would not raise any taxes and depending on where it's built, the city could request grant funds.

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