Stop the 'bmx' grounds and fix Platt Park

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When my fiancé and I started our search for our first home, the most important thing we wanted was a park near by for our two year old daughter. We kept thinking, “a park will give her a great outlet to run and play and just blow off some energy every nice day”. We ended up finding that ‘perfect’ home just a field away from Platt Park. The park needed some updating but we thought at the time, it was perfect for our daughter, huge field for her to run and play in, fly kites when she’s old enough, pick up pine cones every autumn and make crafts, the works, we literally purchased our home because of this wonderful field and cute park we would feel safe at every time.

Now let’s fast forward literally a YEAR we purchased our home... they are dumping dirt. Piles and piles of dirt, for what? We still aren’t exactly sure what the park district is thinking? A ‘bmx’ field? Why? Why not build up the park that we have come to love, the park that needs work to make sure little kids have a retreat to play and feel safe? Now? Now we have trucks dumping dirt, pile after pile... ruining the view of not only the park, but taking away something that meant so much to my family and my new neighbors families. Countless lives were shook all because of? We aren’t being told anything. No one came to our door and told us what was going to happen so close to our home, no one plans on fixing up a park that my fiancé played at as a child. Our view has changed, our property value has plummeted. Now this ‘bmx’ thing is not only seeing people on bikes but ATV’s! It’s DANGEROUS.

I’d like to know how the city of Sterling would feel if someone walked into a gorgeous field literally in front of their home and just started dumping dirt, pile after pile, and didn’t care how they felt. How would you feel if you had to tell your two year old little girl that you can no longer go in that field to play because now it’s too dangerous for her to play?! This has put a bad taste in my mouth as a citizen of Sterling, I really wish they would have looked at all sides before they decided to damage the view.

I would like you to take a look at the photos and think to yourself "Why are they causing this much damage to a beautiful field instead of fixing up a park that dozens of children would want to play at if it were SAFER". Please, as a parent, as a citizen and tax payer, please consider my opinion as your own and help me fight make Platt Park a better place. 



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