Stop the Skateboard Park! Save Sycamore Valley Park's Serenity!

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Sycamore Valley Park is Danville's Premier neighborhood park.  It has many beautiful features, including baseball and soccer fields, bocce courts, basketball courts, a playground, picnic area and fountain/pond/green space where individuals go to relax and enjoy.  The Town of Danville is proposing to build a skateboard park adjacent to the bocce courts and extending into the green space to the east of the  pond .  The park is enjoyed by many individuals of all ages and the green space and pond/fountain area is a main feature that sets it apart from many other parks in the area. It is a place where individuals come to relax, walk or run.  It is a place to take prom, homecoming and family photos.  It is a place where families picnic and play.  It is a serene area for the many citizens of this community to enjoy.  To insert a skateboard park would take away a large portion of this pristine green space and many mature trees. A noisy, concrete skateboard park would benefit few, but takes away so much for many, young and old.

Driving down beautiful Camino Tassajara Road would change forever from the natural rolling serene landscape thousands of commuters, neighbors and visitors enjoy daily -- to a giant concrete structure impossible to hide.

With this skate park proposal, the Town Of Danville feels a need for high street visibility, security camera surveillance, lights and possible fencing. This suggests a concern for possible inappropriate behavior at the site. In addition, the base cost of this project starts at $1.14 - $1.4 million, but will most likely exceed $2 million for full construction, infrastructure, zoning and upgrading of surrounding facilities to properly accommodate the skate park.  At a recent meeting, Council member Storer raised the fact that the Town does not have any funds for this project.  Despite this fact, the Town Council continues to move forward with this proposal.  Aaron Spohn, the owner of Spohn Ranch Inc., the proposed developer of the skate park, mentioned that skaters typically get bored of skate parks in a few years. This essentially means that the proposed skate park would be obsolete and in need of renovation within 3-5 years just to maintain skater interest in the different features.

Many neighbors are not against a skate park for Danville, the big issue is location. It would be more appropriate near a middle school or in a joint venture with the City of San Ramon to expand and upgrade the already existing San Ramon Skate Park. The San Ramon Skate Park is easily accessible, especially having access from the adjacent Iron Horse Trail, making it convenient and safe for individuals to take the trail to the park after school and on weekends. A joint venture would also distribute the costs of building and maintaining the park between the two municipalities.

Let's save the serenity of Sycamore Valley Park! Please sign the petition to let the Town of Danville know we do not want a skateboard park at this location.



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