Petition to Chris Kloeppel, Kathy Shannon, Amy Armstrong, Champaign Unit 4 School Board, Mayor Deb Feinen, Kathy Richards, Gianina Baker, Heather Vasquez, Dorothy David
Urgent: Save The Historic Burnham House
Petition to Save the Historic Burnham House - Please share widely! URGENT: The School Board for Champaign IL has recently purchased the historic and architecturally important 1884 Burnham house in order to demolish it and put up a parking lot. For information and photos of the Burnham House and its architectural legacy, see http://SaveBurnham.weebly.com and saveburnhammansionchampaign on Facebook. The 1884 Burnham House was designed by architect Daniel Burnham, one of the most famous architects and urban planners in the world, akin to Frederick Law Olmsted and Frank Lloyd Wright. Burnham designed iconic buildings all over the country that are significant in American architectural history, including one of New York City's most famous landmarks, the much loved Flatiron Building, as well as Washington DC's Union Station and National Mall, Chicago’s magnificent Field Museum, the Chicago World's Fair, Marshall Fields, the Rookery and even London's Selfridges and the dome on California's Mount Wilson Observatory. Burnham designed few residential buildings. Only 10 Burnham homes exist in the world and Champaign is extremely fortunate to have one: the magnificent 1884 Burnham House. This house was purchased by the Champaign School Board in 2017 in order to demolish it for a parking lot. Burnham and Root designed the Burnham House In 1883 for Albert and Julia Burnham, two of Champaign's key historical figures. The Burnhams were major philanthropists for the citizens of Champaign, focusing on the welfare and enhancement of their community and providing substantial gifts to establish two important local institutions, Champaign’s first hospital, the Julia F. Burnham Hospital (now demolished), and Champaign's first permanent public library, the Burnham Athenaeum. Unfortunately, the current School Board is forging ahead with plans to demolish the Burnham House and several other historic properties, including the Captain Bailey Home across the street, as soon as this April. Rushing to do so is reckless, particularly when plans are unclear and may change. This destruction of Champaign’s cultural and historic legacy will impact our community and far beyond. Once the Burnham is gone, it is lost forever. Please sign the petition to save the very historic Burnham House from demolition. The historic Burnham House should be preserved for multiple reasons: 1) Clearly Central High School needs to be renovated and vastly improved, however the Burnham House lies outside the intended footprint of renovated and expanded Central High School and does NOT hinder school expansion. The school expansion can proceed without disturbing the Burnham. In fact, the Burnham could be an asset for education. 2) The School Board wants to tear down the Burnham so it can provide ~25 more parking spaces. The School Board is doubling the number of parking spaces that currently exist at Central, even without the Burnham property. Teachers and staff can have designated parking. One of the major reasons to keep Central High School centrally located was so students would not have to drive to school. Bus service is excellent in our community. Walking and biking are healthy. The general trend is toward increasing walkability and reducing urban blight in the form of asphalt lots. Many progressive cities are moving that way after realizing the negative effects of asphalt lots on their cities and downtowns. 3) The Burnham house is in very good condition. The Hurst family purchased and converted the Burnham into apartment units in the 1940s. The interior was carefully divided by walls but retained much of the interior intact, including unique and irreplaceable architectural details, the grand staircase of black walnut, hidden panels, inlaid hardwood floors, original built-ins including hidden panels, multiple unique fireplaces, and period details intact. (See exterior and interior details from recent photos at http://SaveBurnham.weebly.com The Hursts took very good care of the Burnham. It is a work of art and quality craftsmanship to be treasured, restored, and utilized, not destroyed. The Burnham house was fully occupied and operating at a profit until a few months ago in 2017 when the School Board bought it and all residents were evicted. 4) Any building built by the famous architects Burnham and Root is historic and nationally important. Virtually every one of Burnham's 300 or so buildings is on the National Register of Historic Places. Burnham's work transformed modern architecture and his buildings are revered around the country. Daniel Burnham's history is fascinating: he believed that architects have a professional responsibility toward the larger community of which they are a part. Burnham created the skyscraper, envisioning heights his peers had not imagined possible. His motto “Make no little plans” and his extraordinary vision and leadership are an inspiration for our children. Parking lots are not. Only 10 Burnham and Root residences exist in the world, one of which is here in Champaign. The Burnham House is recognized on the Heitzman Survey of notable historic buildings in Champaign-Urbana. According to the Heitzman Survey, the 300-1200 blocks of West Church Street contain the most historic homes and buildings in all of Champaign and Urbana. The city of Champaign has been remiss in following its own ordinance to inventory the historic properties as required under Federal law as a Certified Local Government (CLG). Why did Champaign, whose duty it is under national law and their own historic preservation ordinance to inventory properties for historic importance, fail to do so for the Burnham House? Why, when Landmarks Illinois informed the School Board in April 2016 about the historic nature of the houses and neighborhood, did the School Board still pursue their purchase and destruction? 5) The Champaign Burnhams were committed public servants and generous benefactors to all citizens in the community. The Burnham House was built by working people with great talent who took pride in their craft. The Burnham House has housed thousands of people over the last 134 years, principally many lower income families, couples, students, artists, and musicians. It has served as a pleasant place to live, close to downtown, schools and work for many individuals who were not in a position to own their own homes. All residents were evicted when the school board purchased the Burnham in 2017. The School Board's plans are to reduce the Burnham to asphalt in order for a few students to park their cars, rather than housing individuals and families and maintaining the residential feel of the neighborhood as well as contributing to the tax base. It is a view from the great heights of privilege that the fabric of the school’s neighborhood are incidental. And eventually it may backfire. 6) Demolishing the Burnham will cost taxpayers about $1 million dollars (and several million more when demolition of the Captain Bailey house, Burnham associated properties, and the Philippe House/YMCA across the street are included). Added to the cost to the community are landfill costs, road wear costs for transporting demolition materials from the site and bringing new materials to the site, and costs in terms of traffic jams and detours while demolition is underway. Then add in costs to build the parking lot. This is in addition to the millions already spent (and overspent) on purchasing these buildings. The School Board purchased the Burnham House and the three other buildings for $1.7 million (at $700,000 more than market value). After spending so much, why is the only use that the School Board has for that property a parking lot? Until the school board bought it, the Burnham paid property taxes to the city of Champaign over the years. The city loses any and all property taxes from the Burnham in its new role as a parking lot. 7) Alternative solutions exist other than the destruction of one of the most historic and notable houses in Champaign Urbana. For example: a) Additional parking can be located elsewhere and at less expense, including on lots the School Board already owns, or it can be built vertically (e.g. a parking garage) instead of increasing sprawl, or omitted altogether. The U of I put the entire undergrad library underground so it would not impact the historic Morrow Plot. b) Central High School could use Burnham to teach students real-life skills including carpentry, restoration, history, architecture, woodworking, plumbing, planning, design, financing, operations, maintenance, etc. These are useful skills for our students, many of whom will have homes of their own someday and the confidence to deal with these issues as well as having pride in their work and community. These skills will not be susceptible to outsourcing. The National Park Service has an entire program on how to teach preservation trades at the high school level. Champaign could be a model. A preservation program using this resource could be the catalyst for education of youth in the region.http://ptn.org/sites/default/files/docs/mhpn_ncppt_report.pdf c) Other alternatives for repurposing the Burnham for Central HS include use as administrative offices, college counseling, a library, a student union, a tutoring and counseling center, history department, art department, music, or AmeriCorps teacher housing or a home for Champaign's Youth Assessment Center, a program to re-direct kids away from the criminal justice system that just lost their location because the School Board needed their office space back. These at-risk kids could work with mentors and help to restore the Burnham House, learn marketable skills, and gain pride in their efforts - a very positive project for our community. d) If the School Board has no interest in preserving and repurposing the Burnham, it could be sold to an individual/ group or non-profit to preserve. NO taxpayer funds would be used to preserve it. The Burnham has not been listed on the open market, but there is interest. The Burnham was valued at $389,618 by the county assessor. The School Board could use proceeds from the sale to offset purchase of additional parking while the Burnham and its very historic neighborhood could be preserved. Repurposing ideas include: Office Suites, a permanent home for OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Art Gallery, Art Studios, Fine Restaurant and Cafe, Single Family Home, Apartments, Condos, Senior Living, or Historic Home Tours or a Community Center. The building remains historic even if it is not the original use. Repurposing the Burnham for classrooms, training in restoration, offices, etc. are far better options than destroying this historic jewel of our community and country. 8) The school board is rushing ahead to contract for demolition. Yet many aspects about the School Board’s plan for Central HS are unclear and of concern to the public. For example: a) The current plans put a soccer and softball field on the narrow block between W Church and Hill St in a dense neighborhood. These fields do not adequately fit that space. With sidelines closely paralleling busy W. Church and Hill, balls will be in the streets with kids running after them or with netting surrounding the whole city block. b) Lynn Street is to be closed between Hill and Church, leaving a very long stretch of central Champaign with no north-south access. Staff and students will be crossing Church Street in high numbers. How will students walk to/from Spalding? With Lynn St removed, there will be no direct route. c) Several Central HS sports are planned to be located at Spalding Park. Existing basketball courts will be removed to make space. Locating these HS fields at Spalding come at a cost to North Champaign's very few, accessible green spaces. Other neighborhoods, e.g. around South Side School rejected plans because of resistance to the noise, lights, and cars. It’s unclear if the Spalding neighborhood was consulted and is in favor of locating Central’s fields there. Will these facilities be open to the neighborhood? d) Central HS’s athletic fields remain scattered around town at Spalding, South Side, and downtown. Alternatively, the School Board could keep Central central and locate the Maroons' athletics together in one sports complex, such as at the fields already purchased by the School Board which have already cost taxpayers millions and have restrictions that hinder resale. Many schools have their athletic complexes elsewhere and athletes are bussed, as is already the case for Central football athletes. The Maroons could have a unified sports complex (football, soccer, softball, baseball, golf, track, tennis, cross country, lockers, concessions, etc) with room for parking, expansion, kids and balls off busy streets, and parents aware of where their kids are. In addition, the historic neighborhood could remain intact - a win-win for Champaign. Despite these many concerns, including many aspects still unclear to the community and many unanswered questions, the School Board plans to start demolition of these historic properties imminently. 1) We ask for a moratorium on the School Board's imminent plans to demolish the very historic Burnham House. Once it is gone, it is forever. 2) We ask that the Board extend the period of public review of the expansion plans and allow for more accessible review, as many aspects of this plan are still not clear to the community and the consequences of these plans are extensive. Public funds being allocated to destroy public property, including the Burnham and 10 period buildings in the immediate downtown neighborhood, should be subject to explicit and sufficient public review. Two hours of public review of two big expansion projects on the same night is not adequate with so much at stake. Two weeks to vote on this when so much remains unclear and unanswered is insufficient. Please make an online interactive portal accessible so that any questions regarding the plans can be answered, clarified, and viewable by all. 3) We ask that the city apply its planning process to all aspects of the School Board construction program. 4) We ask that the Board collaborate in good faith with the community to find a solution to permit Central HS expansion and the Burnham to coexist and thrive. We hope that the School Board will recognize the benefits of historic preservation and that its potential benefits to students and the community are far greater than providing some additional parking. With some creative thinking, our community and country’s historic legacy and a state of the art high school can go hand in hand. Please sign the petition to save the historic Burnham house from demolition. Please contact the Champaign School Board Chris Kloeppel, Amy Armstrong, Kathy Shannon, Kathy Richards, Gianina Baker, Heather Vasquez at email@example.com, Mayor Deb Feinen (Deb.Feinen@champaignil.gov) and city manager Dorothy David (firstname.lastname@example.org) and urge them to preserve the Burnham. Or email directly: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org, Deb.Feinen@champaignil.gov, email@example.com. Very many are not aware of the very historic and immense architectural legacy that we are very fortunate to have in our community. There are very viable, feasible alternatives that promote Central HS expansion and do not involve demolition of the very Historic Burnham. We ask that the historic Burnham House be preserved for the education and enjoyment of our children, our community, and beyond. The School Board and city leaders could come out as heroes in this debacle. For more information and photos of the Burnham House and its architectural legacy, see http://SaveBurnham.weebly.com and saveburnhammansionchampaign on Facebook. Please share widely!
Petition to Tower Hamlets Development Committee
STOP SAINSBURY'S, SAVE WHITECHAPEL
What’s the story? Sainsbury’s have submitted plans to Tower Hamlets Council for an over-sized development of their megastore in Whitechapel, east London. Whitechapel is a diverse and ever changing area, which makes its character all the richer. However the proposals, based primarily on cashing in on high value apartments, causes irreversible harm to the surrounding community and environment. 1. Disproportionate Scale The development is radically out of context with the surrounding low-rise Whitechapel area. The proposed 28 storey tower (101m) would be the tallest building in the 3 mile stretch between at Aldgate and Canary Wharf. Even the eight ‘smaller’ blocks of up to 15 storeys (59m) would introduce a density beyond Council guidelines. The enormous tower will block daylight to hundreds of homes and businesses, and overlook countless more. 2. Damage to Local Heritage The scheme will overwhelm the historic setting of the Whitechapel Market and Stepney Green Conservation Areas and their 52 listed buildings. The tower also intrudes significantly on the Grade 1 listed Trinity Green Almshouses, sited just 100m to the east of the site. The current proposals demonstrate little evidence of how this remarkable context has influenced the design, which Historic England has described as “substantially harmful”. 3. Lack of Affordable Housing Of the proposed 559 residential apartments only 89 apartments (16%) are to be ‘affordable’, falling far short of the Council’s targets of 35-50% to align with the London Plan. A tiny 6% are family dwellings, making the mix wholly inappropriate for this part of Whitechapel, and doing little to address the wider London housing crisis. What can I do? Please support this campaign by signing this petition - it takes just a few seconds, and please spread the word! Opposition has been raised by Historic England, the Georgian Group, SPAB, the Victorian Society and the East End Preservation Society but we need much more support to ensure the development is rejected by Tower Hamlets council. You can send your objections to Tower Hamlets Council to firstname.lastname@example.org (ref:PA/15/00837), and join the Friends of Trinity Green at www.friendsoftrinitygreen.co.uk where you can find a template letter objection. STOP SAINSBURYS, SAVE WHITECHAPEL Thank you for your support.
Petition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cmsr. David Reifman, Mr. Jerry Mickelson
Please Restore the UPTOWN THEATRE!
Dear Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cmsr. David Reifman and Mr. Jerry Mickleson:The potential of the Uptown Theatre means so much to the people who have fond memories of it and to those who are hoping that its restoration and reuse will bring jobs and make a positive economic impact on the neighborhood and region.I urge you to support and ensure the restoration and reuse of the historic Uptown Theatre for entertainment and other special events. This Chicago Landmark will create jobs for the community and help make the Uptown Square Entertainment District a vital destination. Please let me know what I can do to support the restoration of the Uptown Theatre in the near future.This effort is supported by Preservation Chicago and Friends of the Uptown.www.preservationchicago.orgwww.uptowntheatre.com
Petition to Mike Signer (Mayor), Wes Bellamy
Keep the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park
A 15 year old student says she feels uncomfortable going to Lee Park because of the statue of General Robert Edward Lee and is requesting city council to take it down and rename the park essentially stating that Lee represents slavery, segregation, and white supremacy. The statue is a memorial to a great American who fought in the Mexican-American War, and was a great military engineer before the Civil War as a member of the U.S. Army and tried to unify the country after the Civil War. Lee was a forward thinker, he tried to heal our country, to bring it back together. A man who inspired men 150+ years ago and still inspires men and women today when they learn the true and honest facts about the Virginia Gentleman. The statue does not represent slavery or white supremacy. Lee himself did not stand for those institutions and for the Charlottesville City Council to condemn this man and the statue in the same breath because of erroneous views is wrong. Lee freed slaves he inherited and did not wish to fight but out of loyalty to his state as was the norm in 1860, he resigned his commission in the U.S. Army and accepted commission in the C.S.A. Army to defend his state, not slave owners. By tearing this statue down the City council is dividing our nation once again and erasing all the work Lee did 150 years ago to reunite our country after the Civil War. Keeping the statue is not romanticizing the war, it's paying respect, honoring and remembering the sacrifice the sons of Virginia gave to her. Save the statue, let Lee stand in Lee Park!!
Petition to Ken Russell, Wilfredo Gort, Mayor Francis Suarez, Frank Carollo, Keon Hardemon
Save the Babylon Apartments - Designate it a Historic Landmark
All great cities have certain things in common. One of them is a commitment to honor their architectural heritage. We have, right now, an opportunity to save a building that was a forerunner of the movement that has led to Miami becoming the architectural superstar it is today. The Babylon Apartments at 240 SE 14th Street, in the heart of Brickell. This was one of the first buildings designed by Miami's own internationally famous "starchitect" firm, Arquitectonica. The building is a unique solution, honoring Miami's Art Deco roots while remaining modern and relevant. It is fun, 80s, futuristic, bold, unique and VERY Miami, and anyone who has seen it once, remembers it always. It is a small building of distinction in an area that is overdeveloped with high rises, and therefore stands out and gives the neighborhood character and distinction.The renowned Miami historian and preservationist, Arva Moore Parks recently wrote a letter to the editors of the Miami Herald in praise of and supporting the protection of the building. You can see that letter here:http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article65579832.html But now, the owner of the property has let the building fall into such a state of disrepair that the structure was deemed unsafe and it is in danger of being demolished. The owner even tried to start demo on the building with no permits, but luckily was seen and stopped in time. The building is in imminent danger. We cannot stand by and let this building be destroyed without trying to raise awareness and get the building protected as the Historic Landmark it is. We have been in contact with the City about the property and we have been heard. There is a meeting at City Hall on May 3rd where it will be decided to approve or deny the preliminary application to get the building landmarked. We ask that you attend if you can. But firstly, please sign and share this petition which is addressed to the members the city commissioners and Mayor Francis Suarez and let them know that you want to preserve this unique iconic Miami building. You signature will weigh heavily with the Board. These petitions really do work and are a strong tool for change. Thank you,Megan Tamaccio
Petition to Casey Tighe, Lizzy Szabo, Donald Rosier, Tom Hoby
Preservation of Dinosaur Ridge and Surrounding Open Spaces and Park Land.
PETITION OBJECTING TO REZONING & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT We, the undersigned, object to the forthcoming application to rezone the parcels of land located along C-470 in the Rooney Valley, particularly at the Northwest and Southeast corners of W. Alameda Parkway and C-470 for the reason that this land should be preserved in its natural state for the benefit, education and enjoyment of current and future generations. This land of historic and geologic significance is home to the Dinosaur Ridge Museum and Visitors Center, and lies in the Rooney Valley surrounded by the natural beauty of the Foothills, Dinosaur Ridge, the Dakota Hogback, Green Mountain, Bear Creek Lake, parks and open spaces. The proposed rezoning and commercial development is not compatible with and will forever negatively change the fundamental nature of the area surrounding one of the world's most famous dinosaur fossil localities found in the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark. Consequently, the rezoning application must also be denied because the proposed development will not promote the health and welfare of the current and future residents and landowners of the surrounding area.
Petition to Theatre Historical Society of America, Rick Fosbrink, Jeff Greene, Matt Lambros, Ross Melnick, David Syfczak, Ed Kelsey, Craig Morrison
Growth, Transparency & Authentic Communication for Theatre Historical Society of America
OPEN LETTER TO THS PRESIDENT & BOARD OF DIRECTORS: We, the undersigned members and supporters of Theatre Historical Society of America (THS), have significant and substantial concerns regarding the current leadership and management of the organization. Recent decisions call into question whether the Directors and Management are operating in the best interest of the Society and its Members with responsible stewardship of its finances, holdings of unique artifacts and entrusted collections.This organization, founded in 1969 by Time-Life editor and theatre historian Ben Hall, has a rich history in its collection and its activities. We have a history of altruism, inclusion and helpfulness. We do not feel that the current board and staff leadership is taking to heart the damage it is doing to the soul and morale of THS. You have taken almost all of the "Society" out of Theatre Historical Society of America. Therefore, we will submit our concerns to the President of the Board, the Board of Directors and the Executive Director via this online petition and request a response from the Board of Directors on or before March 1, 2018, as follows: PURCHASE OF A COMMUNITY THEATRE BUILDING: It has been reported by media in recent days that THS leadership intends to buy and operate a cinema, the Hollywood Theatre in Dormont, Pennsylvania. We feel that is contrary to our mission and fiscally irresponsible. Additionally, the local volunteers and patrons of this theatre are vocally and vehemently opposed to a THS takeover. Why are we pursuing something so costly and disconnected from the mission of our organization? Who are the volunteers asserting this agenda and how have they brought this plan to the membership?Where is the business plan? Have you shared an annual report with us, your members? RELOCATION: The THS Board of Directors has undertaken an extensive plan of substantial change in the functioning of the organization, including the transfer of all operations from its 25 year home in Elmhurst, IL to Pittsburgh, PA. This project was undertaken without the approval of the membership. CHANGE OF DIRECTION/FOCUS OF THE CORE THS MISSION: The membership was informed that the Board was “in the process of identifying a blue-ribbon advisory committee…to guide...our new entity, the ‘National History Center’”. How can THS embark on another new service when it apparently is struggling to perform its basic oversight of our mission and goals? COMMUNICATIONS: Statements made to the membership in the announcement of these sweeping changes contained mostly vague assertions, unsubstantiated by financial data or verifiable facts. Misrepresentations were made regarding the cost of remaining in our Elmhurst, Illinois location and the availability of alternate locations. LACK OF RESPONSE FROM MANAGEMENT & THE BOARD REGARDING FIDUCIARY REQUESTS: The membership has a right to ready access to all Accounting Records; namely the annual profit and loss statements together with the Balance Sheets comparing the most recent several years. Requests for same were met with silence. When eventually supplied, they were not up-to- date and did not address the inquiry posed. Other pertinent requests from dues paying members in good standing have made to the Leadership (Executive Director and/or President) that were not addressed in a timely or complete manner. Many in the membership feel a sense of disconnect with an organization that previously had been extremely responsive to its members. STEWARDSHIP OF FINANCIAL ASSETS: Recent staffing and relocation expenditures by the board call into question the use of paid consultants and contractors to complete functions that previously were performed by professionals who DONATED their time and expertise. Most notably: Publications Editor – publications now contain numerous errors of fact, the publication schedule has been reduced, the quality of content, articles and photos has dropped considerably. Distrust and ill-defined information are insidious things. Let’s get our organization back on track! We ask that the following issues be addressed: 1. A tolling period of six (6) months for transparent communications and inclusion of THS membership in all major matters of significant and material change to the Society's operations. 2. A policy directing expedient response to specific requests for information as allowed by our by-laws and all other applicable laws with up-to- date information including meeting minutes and financial reports. 3. A blue-ribbon committee of members to assist staff in: Researching the true needs and operating costs for our museum, archives and headquarters that meets with THS’s goals and geographic needs. Growing membership and increasing valuable partnerships. Address employee and board performance and maintaining a high quality of member services interactions 4. A commitment from the board that THS will be volunteer-led with a goal of Growth, Transparency and Authentic Communication with the Members who, ultimately, are the true owners and voice of Theatre Historical Society of America. What can you do?MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS: ASK QUESTIONS INSIST ON SUBSTANTIVE ANSWERS BECOME ENGAGED IN THE OPERATIONS OF YOUR SOCIETY SIGN OUR PETITION TO ADD YOUR VOICE! We owe it to the legacy of our Founders to respect the History of Theatre Historical Society of America. WE, THE UNDERSIGNED MEMBERS OF THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA
Petition to Mayor Michael Hancock, DIANE BARRETT, Chris Herndon, Albus Brooks, Paul Kashmann, Wayne New, Debbie Ortega, Jolon Clark, Kevin Flynn, Stacie Gilmore, RAFAEL ESPINOZA, MARY BETH SUSMAN, ROBIN KNIECH, PAUL LOPEZ, Happy Haynes, Alan Salazar, John Hickenlooper
SIGN PETITION:Save Denver's Historic City Park Golf Course From Destruction
SIGN PETITION TO STOP DENVER'S MAYOR HANCOCK FROM DESTROYING AN HISTORIC PUBLIC PARK TO PUT IN AN INDUSTRIAL STORM DRAINAGE SUMP With NO vote of the people. City Park Golf Course (CPGC) is a part of Denver's "Crown Jewel", City Park. Both are listed on the National & State Registers of Historic Places. Denver's Mayor Hancock wants to destroy historic CPGC to install a 1965-style industrial, storm drainage sump on 50 acres of it. In the process, he proposes to cut down 285+ mature trees and destroy acres of non renewable top soil and vegetation, the best, natural storm water mitigation system in the world. He would also knock down a popular club house built in 2001. The most affordable course in Denver that has served minority players since 1913, would be closed for at least two years. He also proposes to install a toxic, dirt ditch in Cole and a large industrial outfall in historic Globeville. Both sites are located in the I-70 / Vasquez Superfund site . Residents will be exposed to toxic pollution when Denver digs in these sites and will be exposed to higher risks of flooding. WHY? In Denver's race back to 1965, they want to expand polluting Interstate Highway 70 (I70), in minority neighborhoods. They plan to bury I70, 20 feet below the water table, in a flood plain, next to a river. To keep I70 from flooding,they want to turn the "free land" in City Park Golf Course into a regional storm drainage sump complete with big pipes, trash and toxic water. They want to use neighborhoods regardless of health and safety risks to residents. Many of the Mayor's backers have also bought land down by the river for new development. They want the residents of Denver to pick up the tab for their storm drainage and the price would include destruction of a beloved park. There are much better alternatives. Runners, walkers, skiers, families, dog walkers and more, all use this peaceful, unfenced, beautiful open space for recreation, peace, relaxation and calm. CPGC affords a natural storm water mitigation system that would be the envy of any progressive city. The Mayor's plan would unfortunately include the loss of hundreds big trees and vegetation that take harmful carbon from the air and provide us with life giving oxygen. Once gone, park land is gone forever. Denver can not afford to lose any more of it's precious park land to unfettered development. This can not happen. Please sign our petition to tell Mayor Hancock to come up with a solution that does not include the destruction of precious park land or sacrifice our neighborhoods to man made flooding and toxic pollution.