Protect Kardon Park
  • Petitioned Ann Feldman

This petition was delivered to:

Councilwoman - Downingtown, PA
Ann Feldman
Pennsylvania State House
Pennsylvania State Senate

Protect Kardon Park

    1. Patricia Mellen
    2. Petition by

      Patricia Mellen

      Downingtown, PA

PA Act 70, also known as Project 70, states in part: “Fundamental to the welfare of the people of Pennsylvania are the soil and water resources of the state […] The rapid growth of population in Pennsylvania’s urban and suburban areas requires the acquisition of lands for recreation, conservation and historical purposes before such lands are lost forever to urban development or become prohibitively expensive.” The deeds of all land acquired through Act 70, including the land in question in Kardon Park, contain the following clause: “This indenture is given to provide land for recreation, conservation and historical purposes as said purposes are defined in Act 70.”

A developer is trying to circumvent this law by using a portion of Kardon Park in Downingtown and E. Caln Twp. to satisfy the requirements for their high density housing development adjacent to the park. If the PA assembly votes yes, the developers will be able to use the land WITHIN the park for their stormwater management and open space requirements. The damage this could cause to the park's ponds and wetlands could be disastrous. SB 1418 and HB 2109 are solely meant to help a developer exploit a public park to make money.

Project 70 was put into place to protect Pennsylvania's parklands from just such exploitation. Vote NO to SB 1418 and HB 2109. This goes to the heart of the oath you took to uphold the the PA Constitution. Section 27 states: "The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. [...] Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. [...] As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people."

If Pennsylvania refuses to protect the very parks generations have worked to acquire, what will be left for generations to come? Protect this park. It is the right thing to do.

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    1. Another Bill Threatens PA Parks!

      Patricia Mellen
      Petition Organizer

      I would like to thank you once again for your support, and update you on a new fight in Pennsylvania over public land. This issue is no longer just a matter of saving Kardon Park.

      Another bill is quietly making its way through the PA Legislature. This one would remove protections from parks ALL OVER PENNSYLVANIA.

      This new bill, HB 2224 , which could be voted on as early as next week, will make it easier for local governments to sell public lands & parks for developments or any other use. Because it butchers Pennsylvania's Donated and Dedicated Property Act, donors might become less likely to donate such land for park or open space use, since it would no longer be guaranteed to be protected.

      If you use public parks, public recreation, hunting or fishing areas, or believe in the preservation of open space and conservation easements, I urge you to sign & share this new petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/the-governor-of-pa-reject-house-bill-2224

      Thank you again!

    2. Clarification & status update...nearing 150 signatures.

      Patricia Mellen
      Petition Organizer

      I just wanted to clarify that Downingtown is trying to sell Kardon Park in its entirety to developers. This is not just about using a portion for their stormwater requirements in the E. Caln development. The court case about selling the whole park is still being decided, but removal of Project 70 restrictions on the parcels within the park would only help them.

      If it can happen in Downingtown, it can happen anywhere in PA. Parks should be protected from development, and this case could set a dangerous precedent if it is allowed to happen.

      Please share this petition with your friends and relatives in PA. It is so important!

      Thank you for your support.!

      Patty

    3. 100 Signatures and counting...

      Patricia Mellen
      Petition Organizer

      Together we’ve reached 100 signatures! Thank you! Please share this petition on Facebook, by email, or by word of mouth. We must tell our elected officials that public parks are not theirs to sell. They are held in trust for all of the people: not just those alive today, but future generations. It is of utmost importance that the PA Assembly upholds Project 70 protection for this park.

      The ultimate goal of Downingtown Borough is to sell the entire 50 acres that make up Kardon Park for a high-density housing development and commercial buildings. Stripping Project 70 protections for the park is just one step in their plan.

      For more information on this cause, please visit Friends of Kardon Park on Facebook at the address below.

      MOST IMPORTANTLY, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! THANK YOU!

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. We're close to100 signatures!

      Patricia Mellen
      Petition Organizer

      Please share this petition with friends and family. Standing together, we CAN make a difference! Thank you all so much for your support.

    6. We've broken 50 signatures!

      Patricia Mellen
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all of you for your support! Please pass this petition on by email and/or Facebook. To learn more about the background of attempts to develope this park and efforts to save it, "like" Friends of Kardon Park on Facebook: www.facebook.com/friends.of.kardon.park Their website also has a sign up page for email updates at: http://www.kardonpark.com/8.html

      Together we can make a positive difference!

    7. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Tim Colgan WEST CHESTER, PA
      • over 1 year ago

      Downingtown has been blessed with a significant amount of parkland within the borough. Kardon Park, a plot of land in the floodplain of the historic Brandywine River is now in the process of being auctioned off to the highest bidder. Let’s hope that Downingtown is also blessed with a citizenry which appreciates the value of public spaces and not controlled by real estate developers who will merely exclude the public of their right.

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    • Elaine Ryan SANATOGA, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I like green space. Very important to a persons emotions.

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    • Desiree Heckers WEST CHESTER, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      this is important to me because this is my home...I LIVE HERE...don't destroy it!

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    • Dave Adaire WILLOW GROVE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      All open space land is important to me. It was designated for a reason and shouldn't change because someone wants to make a buck!

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    • Gregory Tkac ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      My wife and I go to this park with my sister and her husband (and others) when we visit and we would like to see it protected so we ALL can continue to enjoy it!

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