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.