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parks

110 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

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

TELL DENVER MAYOR HANCOCK TO STOP DESTROYING DENVER PARKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS

SIGN PETITION TO STOP DENVER'S MAYOR HANCOCK FROM DESTROYING MORE DENVER PARKS AND NEIGHBORHOODS City Park Golf Course (CPGC) , a designated park, was a part of Denver's "Crown Jewel", City Park. Both parcels were listed on the National & State Registers of Historic Places. Hancock has now destroyed beautiful, historic City Park Golf Course  and City Park lies in tatters, neglected and a shabby relic of its former glory.  Despite Herculean efforts on the part of residents to stop the project, Denver's Mayor Hancock destroyed historic CPGC to install part of a 1965-style industrial, storm drain on the west side of the park.  In the process, he cut down 300+ mature trees and destroyed  acres of non renewable top soil and vegetation, the best, natural storm water mitigation system in the world. ( There is a much better, way.) He also knocked down a popular club house built in  2001. The most affordable course in Denver that has served minority players since 1913, will be closed for at least two years. It will reopen, if all goes according to plan, as a suburban style, 18 hole  course with a new glass club house directly across from the entrance to the Denver Zoo. Bird experts have warned that the expanses of glass will cause the deaths of many of the 165 species of birds that used to call CPGC, home.  Hancock is also installing  a toxic, open dirt storm water ditch in Cole and a large industrial outfall in historic Globeville. Globeville Landing Park was destroyed to make way for this project. Engineers have questioned the safety  of the outfall. Both sites are located in the I-70 / Vasquez Superfund site . Will residents  be exposed to toxic pollution from Denver digging in these sites? It seems unavoidable. Some 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, 30 feet below the water table, in a flood plain, next to a river. To keep I70 from flooding, they turned the "free land" in City Park Golf Course into a regional storm drainage sump complete with big pipes, trash and toxic water.  They destroy neighborhoods regardless of health and safety risks to residents, to install the ditch along 39th AVenue and the problematic outfall in Globeville. Gentrification seems to be  a goal instead of an unintended consequence. Expensive Olympic pipe dreams seem to be fueling these unfortunate projects. Many of the Mayor's backers have bought land down by the river and around proposed development sites. They seem to want the residents of Denver to pick up the tab for their storm drainage  and the price includes destruction of  beloved parks and several neighborhoods. There are much better alternatives.  Runners, walkers, skiers, families, dog walkers and more, all used this peaceful, unfenced, beautiful open space in CPGC for recreation, meditation, relaxation and calm. CPGC afforded a natural storm water mitigation system that would be the envy of any progressive city. The Mayor's plan unfortunately included the loss of hundreds of 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.  Please sign our petition to tell Mayor Hancock to come up with plans that do not include the destruction of precious park land or sacrifice our established neighborhoods.    

CITY PARK FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
4,528 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
7,015 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to West Virginia Governor

Protect the Lives of Children on Playgrounds and in Parks! Help Change the Law!

On July 30, 2018, immediately following a Recreation Program hosted by the Greater Huntington Park & Recreation District in Huntington, West Virginia's "Flagship" Park, Ritter Park, two people that had overdosed on Heroin drove their car from the parking lot, over a curb and crashed into the light pole nearest the Playground! Dozens of Children were playing on and around the Playground, and just minutes before this happened, over 70 kids were lined up getting free Sno-Cones after the program ended. These children and their parents were victimized by this situation! Several parents and many children cried at the site of this crash and the realization that they could have been severely injured or killed by this out of control car and the overdosed driver. A 10-month-old Toddler was crawling in the grass less than 5 feet from the path of this car. A Mother of three sat on the grassy hillside watching her children play when her vigilance was interrupted by these drug addicts!  My three Grand-kids that were visiting from California for the week had been at the Park but left only 26 minutes before this happened. Children were traumatized and have told their parents they "Don't want to go to the Park because they're afraid!"  The driver that caused this mayhem at the beloved Playground was merely charged with two misdemeanors - reckless driving and DUI. The passenger, (her husband) was also charged with two misdemeanors, permitting DUI since it was also his car, and simple possession of Heroin charge. This is just wrong!! We need harsher penalties. We need stronger laws!! We need to change the law to include our Parks, Playgrounds and open Public Green Spaces as Protected Property just as our schools are!!  On school property, if you possess a firearm  and commit a crime or are in possession of, using or overdosing on any type of Opioid, you are automatically committing a Felony Crime and such the penalties for these crimes are more severe than if you were not on School Property. We will fight for and encourage Lawmakers to include Parks, Playgrounds and Public Open Green Spaces in this law and consider these places "Protected" as well.  We need to send a message to the criminals that if you commit these crimes in our Parks that you will go to Prison. Endangering the lives of good people, children and families that are taking advantage of all the benefits a Public Park has to offer cannot be tolerated. Causing Trauma to these families that are bonding and having fun with their children as they work to improve their quality of life, should have criminal penalties! Creating the fear in a small child that would make that child declare to his parents that they never want to go to the Park again, should have long-term penalties. We have spoken with several of our State Legislators, a State Congressman, a State Senator and the Chief of Staff of the Governor's Office, and they all feel that a Bill to amend the existing law would not face opposition and that it makes perfect sense to include Parks, Playgrounds and Open Public Green space as "Protected Property".  Please help us convince all of our Lawmakers to adopt and support the Bill that will protect the lives and safety of our children while playing on Playgrounds, while enjoying our Parks and while spending time on Open Public Green Space, just as they are protected on School Property! Signing this petition will effect change that needs to happen and will confirm how you feel about human lives, the safety of our children and the value of a good family. Thank you for your consideration and your support! I am very happy and relieved to report that only by the Grace of God that no innocent bystanders were injured or killed and that there was definitely a divine intervention that Monday afternoon!   We must do all we can to ensure this never happens again because in this Community, tagged as the Epicenter of the Opioid Epidemic, the chances that it could are high!  Thank you for your help! #ProtectOurKids #ProtectOurFamilies #ProtectOurParks If you'd like more details about the above described crime, go to: http://www.wsaz.com/content/news/Driver-overdoses-in-car-near-Ritter-Park-playground-crashes-into-light-pole-489542481.html  

Kevin Brady
1,845 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to communitycomments@lmsd.org

Save Stoneleigh from Condemnation

The Lower Merion School District has indicated it may use eminent domain to take Stoneleigh: a natural garden to build a new school and/or playing fields. Perhaps best known for the iconic hare sculpture located near the intersection of Spring Mill and County Line Roads in Villanova, Stoneleigh was the beloved home of the Haas family. Following the deaths of John and Chara Haas—whose ashes are scattered on the property—in an extraordinary act of generosity the estate of John Haas donated all of Stoneleigh to Natural Lands in 2016. The donation had a singular purpose: to open Stoneleigh up to the general public, so that everyone could enjoy this natural treasure free of charge.  The Lower Merion School District has previously stated its interest in condemning a 6.9-acre portion of Stoneleigh: a natural garden, so that it can build new ball fields. On April 18, the district sent a letter to Natural Lands stating that it wants to inspect the rest of the 42-acre Stoneleigh garden “in anticipation of a potential condemnation of all or part of the property.”  Natural Lands has told the District that we will fight, vigorously, any attempt at a taking.  Unfortunately, saying “no” to the School District will not be enough. We need your help to send a clear message to the School District: should the Lower Merion School District take Stoneleigh, it would rob the residents of Lower Merion and the broader region of a one-of-a-kind community treasure. Please sign this petition: Tell the Lower Merion School Board and Superintendent Robert Copeland that Stoneleigh must remain preserved so that its beauty is available for all to enjoy forever, and that they should look elsewhere for a location for a school and playing fields. Visit www.SaveStoneleigh.org and www.Stoneleighgarden.org to learn more.    

Kirsten Werner
39,103 supporters