parks and recreation

44 petitions

Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Barbara Delgleize, Billy O'Connell, Mike Posey, Erik Peterson, Lyn Semeta, Patrick Brenden, Fred Wilson, Denny Bacon, Travis Hopkins, Jill Hardy

Tell HB leadership to stop using toxic pesticides in our parks

[UPDATE: On May 1, HB City Council directed staff to test non-toxic methods in Central Park West and report back to Council with results and recommendations on August 7. Please sign the petition to show Council that you support expanding the program and making it permanent.] Did you know that Huntington Beach's parks, athletic fields, sidewalks, trails and greenbelts are frequently sprayed with toxic chemicals? Toxic pesticides and herbicides have been shown to lower IQ, cause cancer, damage developing reproductive organs, and cause other significant harm. In March 2016, the World Health Organization declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, probably causes cancer in humans. Despite this grave warning, the City of Huntington Beach and HOA landscaping companies continue to spray RoundUp in the places where our children play sports such as soccer and baseball, roll in the grass, and do all the other things kids like to do. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that there is no safe level of pesticide or herbicide exposure for children. They are toxic chemicals -- poisons created to kill. They are dangerous for all living things, including adults and pregnant women, and are particularly dangerous for a child’s developing organ systems. Why are our children being subjected to these risks? For cosmetic landscaping purposes -- namely, to kill weeds. Dandelions do not pose a risk to children, but 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid does. 2,4-D is one of the key ingredients in Agent Orange, and is another one of many pesticides frequently used for cosmetic landscaping in Huntington Beach. This includes the sports fields, parks, and common areas where children play. This harmful toxic response is disproportionate to the cosmetic problem. You and your family can still be affected even if the chemicals are not sprayed on your street. Pesticides have been shown to drift for miles and can persist in indoor carpet fibers for a year after they are tracked inside. The U.S. Geological Survey found that, “After they are applied, many pesticides volatilize into the lower atmosphere, a process that can continue for days, weeks, or months after the application, depending on the compound. In addition, pesticides can become airborne attached to wind-blown dust.”  In clay soils like ours, the half-life of glyphosate can be as long as 22 years. Also alarming, the interactions between the many chemicals being sprayed near our homes and in our parks are unknown. According to David Bellinger, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, “Impacts from multiple chemicals may simply add up, amplify one another's effects.” By allowing children to be exposed to chemicals of unknown toxicity, we are unwittingly using our children in a massive experiment. The place to start is with easily substituted chemicals that have only cosmetic value, like weedkillers in our parks. This issue affects every person and pet in Huntington Beach. We are asking the City Council, School Boards, and HOA landscaping company leaders to immediately stop the use of all toxic pesticides and herbicides, and to switch to proven organic methods that are cost comparable and require 30% less water. This has already been accomplished in Irvine with great success. And San Juan Capistrano's council voted unanimously in April 2017 to follow Irvine's proven example. Harvard University also successfully switched to a non-toxic landscaping alternative. Cities across the U.S. are banning the use of toxic pesticides, and we would like to see Huntington Beach join in this endeavor. City staff will report to the Council ever three months on the progress of its non-toxic pilot program in Central Park West. They need to hear from all of us that we are no less concerned about our health and safety than the people of Irvine and San Juan Capistrano. Please sign this petition to tell our city's leaders that you want them to stop using toxic pesticides at our parks, schools, and public spaces, and to implement only organic practices. For more information, please visit our website – Thanks, Tim, Andi, Ashley, Karen, Rob, Mary Jo, Linda, Randy, and the rest of us P.S. Please watch this video, Little Things Matter, to learn how toxins damage the developing brain.

Huntington Beach Tomorrow
498 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Peter Kremer, David Maffei, Shirley Turner, Brian Hughes, Kevin Nerwinski, Christina Hultholm, Shiela Grant, Joseph Blaney, Samuel Pangaldi, Charles E. Lavine, Bruce Kmosko, Jeffrey Johnson, Christopher Bobbitt, James S. Kownacki, Cathleen M. Lewis, Michael S. Powers, Elizabeth Muoio, Reed Gusciora, Pat Colavita, Jr., Lucylle Walter, Ann Cannon, John Cimino, Samuel Frisby, Andrew Koontz, Anthony Verrelli, Linda Greenstein

Save Colonial Lake, Reject the Hotel Project

We the People who cherish and hold dear Colonial Lake Park – established with great foresight with State of New Jersey Green Acres Funding decades ago -- hereby petition the Lawrence Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Lawrence Township Council to reject plans to clear cut 8 acres of prized woodland to build a three-story, 126-room extended stay hotel adjacent to the park. This development and hotel by Woodspring Suites would be extremely detrimental to the health of the lake and the park’s ecosystem while obliterating its prized viewshed. Instead, we call upon the Township to pool its special Open Space Fund (created by the People when they voted years ago to tax themselves for this very purpose), together with state Green Acres funds and whatever other conservation resources are available to purchase this vitally important woodland in order to protect this jewel of the Lawrence Township park system and the greater Trenton area for generations to come.

Casey Hooker
3,115 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to U.S National Park Services

Don't Ban Sports & Recreation on the National Mall

There are few things more American or uniquely DC than playing a recreational sport in the shadow of the Washington Monument or the National Capitol Building. Unfortunately, the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed a ban on all sporting and recreational activity along the National Mall from 3rd to 17th Streets.  The ban includes eliminating currently permitted softball fields around the Washington Monument grounds and the first-come, first-served policy on the plots from 3rd-14th Streets.  The proposed policy is an extreme position and massive change from long standing practice. Among the NPS-cited concerns, their primary reason offered thus far for the total ban is the perceived impact sports and recreation might have on the recently installed grass turf.   Context:The total ban is antithetical to the purpose of the Mall.  Through the inception of the National Mall dating back to the L'Enfant plan of 1791 and the redesign by the McMillan Commission of 1901, a main intention of the Mall is to serve area citizens and the city by providing open recreation space. The National Mall represents the vast majority of open grass space in the city and is often cited as a contributing factor to the city’s frequent ranking as a best place to live or fittest communities.  The NPS over the past 2 years has already successfully managed preservation of the newly installed turf along the Mall by resting sections when necessary and working with local stakeholders.  At its peak recreational sports typically use portions of the Mall merely 4 workdays a week during a 3-4-hour early evening time frame and light use of some weekends.  This small time frame represents, at most, a moderate use of the Mall but has an over-sized impact on creating a foundation of well being for the city. Even those who do not regularly participate in the games, tourist and local residents alike, will often stop to watch the activity and reflect positively on the games and at times, join in themselves.  The NPS ban would dampen the vibrancy of the City by directly restricting access of tens of thousands of area residents and touching a much larger number of people through its negative impact on health and wellness and the local economy.  Exacerbated by an existing shortage of available play space throughout the city, the NPS ban would further stress the existing limited resources of the city and restrict groups like Congressional Softball, Senate Softball, House Softball, Flag Football, Soccer, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce, Kickball and others that have become a DC institution and part of the fabric of the city.  While maintenance of the turf is certainly a worthy priority we do not believe it should be put above the recreational, health and economic needs and interests of area citizens.  This uniquely Washington DC, and indeed American, Institution must preserved. Our Position:Access to 3rd to 17th streets should remain open for sports and recreation as it is vital to the vibrancy and health of the city. We seek a dialogue with the National Park Service and other stakeholders to solve this impasse of access to the open space between 3rd-17th Streets.  We are ready to collaborate with the NPS to establish best practices that balance the need for recreation and the integrity of the Mall turf. Please help us maintain access and recreation on the National Mall by signing this petition and spreading the word.  You can get more information and learn about ways you can help at - A Coalition of stakeholders, concerned citizens and players on the National MallSUPPORTERS: Congressional Softball, DC Chamber of Commerce, United Fray, Social Sports Foundation

Robert Kinsler
12,944 supporters