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Save the Miles Park Trees

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The implementation of the current design of a Heroes Ground Monument, slated for construction in Miles Park at the corner of Joshua and Germantown, should be temporarily halted. We certainly support the construction of a monument to our veterans. We appreciate and honor all veterans, past, present and future, for their sacrifices and their bravery, and their commitment to our safety and our freedom. However, there are serious issues with the current design and implementation.

1)   The current rendition involves the unnecessary destruction of many healthy trees, including two magnificent, large, ecologically beneficial, Dawn Redwood trees. We feel that the two Dawn Redwoods have become hallmarks of Miles Park which serves as a central focal point of our beautiful township for recreation and fitness. Further, all of these trees provide essential ecological services of storing and sequestering carbon, filtering air and water, and protecting properties from storm water overflow. In the recent Comprehensive Plan, the Board has signaled the importance of maintaining and further establishing efforts to be thoughtful stewards of our local environment. In light of these valuable commitments, we feel that all of the trees should be preserved.

2)   Through social media, it is apparent that the venue of the monument at Miles Park, on a busy intersection, is controversial. Many veterans and residents prefer a more serene location for reflection and respect. Many object to the removal of the trees.

We, the undersigned, residents of Whitemarsh Township, request that the Board of Supervisors temporarily forestall the construction of this monument to enable re-evaluation of this decision. We encourage the Board to work with the Veterans Monument Foundation of Whitemarsh Committee Members to request a redesign (1) for that same location that would protect all of the trees, (2) to move the monument to another location in Miles Park where the current design could be safely constructed without the removal of any healthy trees, or (3) to move it to another location. We further request that the Board seek public approval by referendum or some other means that assures robust public participation for the decision.


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