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parks

105 petitions

Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Bloomington, MN City Council, Tom Landwehr - Commissioner - Minnesota DNR

Stop the plan to put a paved trail in the Minnesota River Valley between the Bloomington Ferry Bridge and the Old Cedar Avenue Bridge.

Many of us are concerned about the future of the trails that currently exist along the banks of the Minnesota River.  We would like to see these trails preserved in their current natural state, improved and expanded into a network of natural surface trails.  Please read the following statement and consider adding your name in support.  The petition will be presented to the various government land managers and elected officials who will soon be deciding the fate of the river trails. STATEMENT OF SUPPORT:  We believe that the Minnesota Valley Trail from the vicinity of Old Cedar Avenue to the former Bloomington Ferry Bridge trailhead should be designated, developed and preserved as a natural surface multi-use trail open to hiker, runners, cyclists and nature lovers.  The only needed improvements to the already existing natural surface trail should be restroom facilities as well as bridges, culverts and boardwalks to provide environmentally acceptable stream and drainage crossings.  Some minor re-routing and surface maintenance work may also be required to minimize rutting, erosion and pothole formation in the trail surface. Improving and maintaining the existing natural surface trail would have almost no environmental impact and there would be only minimal costs associated with such a trail.  We believe that a natural trail would be more appropriate for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and more in keeping with the activities of the users of the entire area.  This area is subject to periodic severe flooding and any asphalt, graded gravel or crushed limestone surface would require frequent and expensive re-building with adverse effects on the Refuge and the environment.  

Stephen Boyd
6,483 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Gregory Franz, Mayor Michael McPartland

Keep Veterans Field's Splash Pad Free for Everyone

Anyone with kids knows what it's like to want to get out of the house to enjoy the sun shine and cool off on a hot day. During the warmer months after school, after sporting events, and when it's just plain hot, I take my four boys (you read that right!) to the Splash Pad at Veteran's Field next to the play areas. It has been a great way for us cool off while meeting our neighbors, making new friends, and exercising. However, the Recreation Advisory Board recently began charging residents and non-residents to use this splash pad. This new fee would end up costing my family a minimum of $100 for our usual summer playtime. While I understand that there are costs associated in maintaining the splash pad, I believe that burdening families with a fee is exclusive and does not represent what our community is all about. It should be a way to encourage our children to exercise (play), while learning to enjoy water and nature, as well as teaching them to take part in their community by making friends and maintaining a clean park. Children learn life skills when they play at Veteran's Field and that helps grow them into contributing members of society. Charging a fee for the splash pad discourages families from coming to the park. It's not just the fee: it's the challenge of keeping their child out of the water and solely on the playground equipment when they are in the same area. It's the several free and larger splash pads nearby that will draw our families away. It's that it discourages hosting a fun playdate at the park in a community where most home and apartments are small and have no greenspace. When other families are visiting our community (think soccer matches or baseball games for example) we now have to say, "stay out or pay!" Those families will take their children and money elsewhere. I feel that it discourages commerce of any kind. All in all, it's poor planning and poor taste to charge for this splash pad. Here's what you can do to help: Firstly, don't pay the fee. Then, sign my petition to keep our splash pad free and email everyone you know in the town of Edgewater and have them sign it too! There is a Recreation Advisory Board and they make the decision to charge (or not charge) for the splash pad. There is no meeting currently scheduled on the city community center's website for the entire summer so we need to get a meeting scheduled. Next, you can email Gregory Franz the Borough Administrator who works with the board. He has expressed that the park, its playground, and its policies are a work-in-progress and seems to be helpful and receptive. He told me personally that he would take our emails to the board. Gregory FranzPh: 201-943-1700 ext. 3131 Gregf@edgewaternj.org Also, if you know anyone on the Advisory Board, please reach out to let them know we would like a meeting to discuss our points and/or to reverse their decision to charge for the splash pad. Their names are listed below. Mike ArmstrongChris CarluccioJames D'AnnaLaDon McLamoreDan RackowMary Beth StewartJim TietzRandolph CaryVince Monte, Council Liaison   I love Edgewater and it's children.  I hope with your help we can keep Edgewater a place where all children can come together and play freely.  Please sign my petition if you feel that way too.        

Jessa Martinez
594 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Phil Ginsburg, Jane Kim, Sandra Lee Fewer, Matt haney, Aaron Peskin, Shamann Walton, Katy Tang, Norman Yee, London Breed, Malia Cohen, Rafael Mandelman

Help name a city park, "Jessica's Place", in Remembrance of Jessica Evans (Goth) 1955-2018

My partner, Jessica Evans, better known as Goth Girl, was the driving force behind the new $4.5M redesign of this small neighborhood park across from her home in Rincon Hill.  Jessica passed away earlier this year on Valentine's Day.  Our original petition, Save the Hummingbirds of Guy Place Park, generated 800 supporters who believed that this small pocket park in Rincon Hill in San Francisco should retain the existing significant trees, wildlife habitat and local ecosystem in any new park redesign.  Ten year old design plans were created by the city that removed the mature Ash and Avocado trees and replaced them with 12 futuristic, out-of-scale 20-foot tall concrete and steel pillars with no trees and no wildlife habitat. We fought back against this dated plan, winning a major redesign replacing 9 of the unsightly concrete towers with 9 mature heritage Birch trees that creates a new hummingbird and butterfly habitat, one of the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Our campaign was supported by San Francisco Forest Alliance and South Beach District 6 Democratic Club. We accomplished this feat after meetings with our city supervisor, Jane Kim, conferences with Recreation and Parks Department and a successful Appeal to the city Board of Appeals, in a unanimous 5-0 decision in 2017. Now we seek to rename the park as "Jessica's Place", in honor of the years of  work it has taken for us to accomplish the new design with the support of neighbors across the political spectrum.    Your support will help attain this goal.

Save the Hummingbirds of Guy Place Park
148 supporters