Petition to Arlington County School Board, Arlington County Board, John Chadwick, Parks and Recreation Arlington County
Remove Crumb Rubber & Toxic Materials From Arlington, VA Fields and Play Grounds
Keep Our Fields and Play grounds Safe - Please Remove Crumb Rubber & Toxic Materials From Arlington, VA Fields & Playgrounds - Use Plant Derived Materials **Por favor, busque a continuación para la traducción española Arlington County residents ask that all current synthetic fields be filled with plant-based alternatives versus the crumb rubber and EPDM currently used and ban use of toxic rubber materials from our playgrounds. Montgomery County, MD passed a unanimous Council vote to ban crumb rubber and implement the use of plant-based alternatives such as coconut fiber, cork and rice husk blend. Hartford, CT, Los Angeles Unified School District and the New York City Parks Departments already have banned the use of crumb rubber. The federal government is investigating the use of crumb rubber further and with the recent ESPN story communities want answers and to be safe by placing a ban on future use of crumb rubber to be safe rather than sorry. Arlington County is building fields and parks with toxic substances from scrap car and truck tires that are ground up and recycled without knowing the long term health and environmental impacts. Even the use of EPDM (being piloted at Williamsburg) has still not been deemed safe and contain chemical substances. There are no warning signs at fields or playgrounds about the safety precautions families should take around these materials. Dangers of Crumb Rubber and Rubber Play Ground Materials:Exposure to Children: Absorption of chemicals through skin and in cuts, inhalation of VOC’s, tire dust and ingestion of particle matter and tire dust - It mixes with their sweat and it also gets into their mouths when players, especially goalies are on the ground and if they do not wash their hands before eating at games. Rise in blood cancers in soccer goalies are causing concern for parents around the county. Tire Materials Not been Tested for Safety: Crumb Rubber contains a long list of carcinogens, heavy metals, PAHs, Phthalates (and other endocrine distributors) as well a carbon black. In a recent Yale study NO toxicity assessments have been done on rubber crumb components for their health effects. Heat Concerns - On a 98-degree day, the temperature on the turf could rise to more than 120 degrees increasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that off-gas. Hot surfaces increase player injury risk especially for goalies who are on the ground more often. Plant based infill provides an added benefit of reducing surface temperatures on synthetic turf up to 40 degrees. Environmental Impact: Once a synthetic field replaces natural grass, it kills any living organism in the subsoil making it impossible without years of soil remediation to grow anything on that surface. High level of stormwater runoff created with synthetic fields, adding to Arlington’s already extensive percentage of impervious surfaces countywide. According to Arlington County “They [synthetic turf fields] are installed by certified professionals and adhere to Synthetic Turf Council Guidelines for crumb rubber infill. Arlington’s synthetic turf fields are tested annually to be sure they meet or exceed national standards for their ability to absorb shock and reduce impact.” Even the Synthetic Turf Council, the lobbying group set up by the synthetic turf industry, concedes within their guidelines gloves, respirators and protective clothing are used when handling the crumb rubber and “Good personal hygiene; frequent washing with soap and water of exposed areas; remove and clean solid clothing.” are recommended for exposure to crumb rubber. Also, the Arlington County’s online FAQ sheet about synthetic turf safety cites 10 references with most of these sources and articles being outdated. The references are not only weak but also present many reasons why crumb rubber is unsafe to the environment or were inconclusive in some cases. Recent studies have been undertaken and new data uncovered given recent questions and findings. The CT study cited has since been retracted. The EPA is even taking further action to study this issue. Please use PLANT DERIVED infill & materials immediately on existing and future synthetic fields & play grounds for the safety of our children and residents. We also ask that Arlington County evaluate the long term impact of continuing to build synthetic turf fields and ask if the risk is worth the negative impact on our land, budget priorities (a “full-size synthetic turf field more costly – about $700,000, compared to $70,000–$125,000 – for a high-quality, natural grass field.”) and to citizen health. Respectfully, Arlington Parents & Residents Spanish Language Version - Pedimos proteger nuestros campos deportivos y de juegos infantiles - Pedimos que saquen los materiales de goma desmenuzada y tóxicos de los campos de juego - Pedimos que se utilice materiales derivados de plantas. Los residentes del Condado de Arlington pedimos que todos los campos deportivos y de juego sean cubiertos con materiales derivados de plantas en vez de goma desmenuzada y EPDM que se están utilizando en la actualidad. Asimismo que se prohiba el uso de materiales tóxicos en nuestros campos de juego. El Condado de Montgomery en Maryland ya ha aprobado por unanimidad de voto del Consejo, la prohibición del uso de la goma desmenuzada y la implementación del uso de materiales alternativos provenientes de plantas, como por ejemplo fibra de coco y la mezcla de fibras de corcho y bagazo de arroz. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Angeles (Los Angeles Unified School District) y los Departamentos de Parques de la ciudad de Nueva York han prohibido también el uso de la goma desmenuzada. El Gobierno Federal está investigando el uso de la goma desmenuzada más a fondo y debido al reciente programa informativo de ESPN, las comunidades están pidiendo más respuestas así como la prohibición de todo uso de goma desmenuzada en el futuro para la protección de los usuarios y no tener que lamentar consecuencias más tarde. El Condado de Arlington está construyendo en la actualidad campos y parques con substancias tóxicas derivadas de llantas descartadas de automóviles y camiones que están siendo recicladas sin ningún conocimiento del impacto a largo plazo en la salud y el medio ambiente. Incluso el uso de EPDM (actualmente utilizado en un proyecto piloto en Williamsburg) no está libre de riesgo y contiene substancias químicas. No existen letreros de advertencia en los campos deportivos y de juego sobre las precauciones que las familias deberían tomar cuando estén en contacto con estos materiales. Peligros del uso de goma desmenuzada en los materiales utilizados en los campos de juego: El contacto con los niños: Absorción de químicos a través de la piel y por cortaduras, inhalación de VOC, polvo proveniente de llantas e ingestión de partículas y polvo de llantas - Se mezcla con el sudor y entra a la boca cuando los jugadores, especialmente los arqueros, caen al suelo y si no se lavan las manos antes de comer durante los partidos. El aumento de casos de leucemia (cancer en la sangre) en arqueros es causa de preocupación para muchos padres en todo el país. Los materiales no están siendo objeto de ningún análisis de los riesgos de seguridad. La goma desmenuzada contiene una larga lista de carcinógenos, metales pesados, PAHs, Phthalates (y otros distribuidores endócrinos) así como carbón negro. Un estudio reciente de la Universidad de Yale indica que NO se ejecutaron pruebas de toxicidad de los componentes de la goma desmenuzada y sus efectos en la salud. Consecuencias del efecto del calor - En un día con temperatura de 98 grados, la temperatura del campo puede subir a más de 120 grados, lo que hará que aumente la volatilidad de los componentes orgánicos (VOCs) para despedir gases. Una superficie caliente aumenta el riesgo de que el jugador se lastime especialmente los arqueros que están en mayor contacto con el suelo. La cobertura de materiales provenientes de plantas tienen el beneficio adicional de reducir la temperatura de la superficie del campo sintético hasta en 40 grados. Impacto sobre el medio ambiente: Cuando el césped natural de un campo se reemplaza con una cobertura sintética, muere todo organismo viviente en el subsuelo resultando imposible que pueda crecer ninguna planta a no ser que se haga un proceso reparador de la tierra durante varios años. Los campos sintéticos causan un alto caudal de desagüe de las aguas de tormenta, aumentando aún más el porcentaje de la ya extensa superficie impermeable en el Condado. Según el Condado de Arlington “Los campos con cobertura sintética son instalados por profesionales certificados que se adhieren a las indicaciones del Synthetic Turf Council Guidelines para rellenos de goma desmenuzada. Los campos con cobertura sintética en Arlington se inspeccionan anualmente para comprobar que cumplan o sobrepasen los estándares nacionales de su capacidad de absorber golpes y reducir su impacto.” Incluso las instrucciones del Synthetic Turf Council, grupo de cabildeo (lobbying) para la industria de la cobertura sintética, requiere el uso de guantes, respiradores y ropa de protección cuando se maneje la goma desmenuzada y recomienda “buena higiene personal, lavado frecuente de las partes expuestas con jabón y agua, y lavado de vestiduras.” También la página online de FAQ (preguntas frecuentes) del Condado de Arlington sobre la seguridad de la cobertura sintética cita 10 referencias que contienen fuentes y artículos, la mayoría de los cuales están caducados. Las referencias no son solamente débiles sino que también presentan muchas razones del porqué la goma desmenuzada es dañina para el medio ambiente y en otros casos están inconclusas. En estudios recientes se ha descubierto nueva información en vista de preocupaciones que han surgido recientemente. Entretanto, el estudio CT citado ha sido retractado. Incluso la EPA está tomando pasos para estudiar este asunto más a fondo. Por favor utilicemos coberturas DERIVADAS DE PLANTAS inmediatamente en campos deportivos y de juego para la seguridad de nuestros niños y residentes. También pedimos que el Condado de Arlington evalúe el impacto a largo plazo que representa el continuar construyendo campos con cobertura sintética. A la vez, les preguntamos si el riesgo del impacto negativo en nuestra tierra, prioridades del presupuesto (un campo con cobertura sintética cuesta más que uno con césped natural — más o menos $700.000 comparado con entre $70.000 y $125.000 por un campo de césped natural de alta calidad) y el impacto en la salud de los ciudadanos, vale la pena? Respetuosamente, Padres de Familia y Residentes de Arlington
Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org , Catherine Nolan, Michael Gianaris
A Better Community for Our Residents
I love living in Queens, especially in the LIC area. Although I am impressed with how fast the area is booming, I am distressed at what I see happening in the Queensboro area of LIC. 1) There is a lack of green space and playground facilities. With every new building under construction, the companies are digging up all the trees and cementing over the spaces. You can count on your hands the number of trees in the area. There is no dog park or a playground. The dog park at Court Square is in deplorable condition. Why can't we have a dog park like the ones on the waterfront? The children in the Queensboro area do not have a playground option unless they walk to Court Square. 2) The streets and sidewalks have been in disrepair. With all the constant construction, it has been months of gravel and deep holes in our streets, especially on Hunter street, 42nd road and 43rd Ave. Many people have fallen due to the holes and the gravel. Dogs have been eating the gravel and getting sick or getting it stuck on their paws. 3) Crime Many cars have been broken into the past few months. My own car has been broken into three times. Where are the cameras and police surveillance? 4) Street lamps There are no street lamps near the bridge and underpass. At night, it is dangerous for women walking dogs and for commuters walking home from the train. 5) Stop sign at four way street 43rd Ave and Hunter Street There is no stop sign to help with the traffic. Cars are zooming by. This is dangerous for children crossing and for dog walkers. Someone will get hit by a car one of these days. Buildings do not make up a community. There needs to be more advocacy for the residents living in this area. The construction companies need to be held accountable for creating a safe, clean and green environment for District 26.
Petition to RDU Airport Authority, Sig Hutchinson, Matt Calabria, Caroline Sullivan, James West, John Burns, Jessica Homes, Dickie Thompson, Farad Ali, John Kane, Robert Teer Jr, Tommy Hunt, Adrienne Cole, Lawrence Zucchino, Patrick Hannah, Betty lou Ward
Save the forested lands near Old Reedy Creek within RDU's project area.
At the June 28th Public Workshop #7, the Airport’s land use plan was unveiled. This plan slates several forested areas for commercial development (numbers 2, 3, and 4 in the photo above). This development would result in the destruction of irreplaceable, centrally-located forested recreation areas and in the destruction of an important green buffer space between the airport facilities and the very popular Umstead State Park. Ultimately, the destruction of this forested area could negatively affect the hundreds of acres within the Crabtree Creek watershed. The forested areas marked for development include land directly adjacent to the very popular Umstead State Park and much of the land within Lake Crabtree County Park, the most heavily used park in the Wake County Park system. These lands have approximately 32 miles of existing recreational trails built by local residents and are used by a multitude of people - mountain bikers, hikers, walkers, and runners…both adults and children…groups and individuals. Some of the trails in this forested green space offer beginner, kid-friendly mountain biking and hiking and thus foster family outdoor recreation. These trails are connected to the greenway systems of both Raleigh and Cary. Residents can and do, leave from their homes or workplaces and access these recreation areas without having to drive! This centrally located forested green space serves to greatly increase the quality of life of Triangle residents and loss of this gem would be devastating to the community. Every effort should be made to preserve these valuable and irreplaceable natural areas. The Airport’s master planning process revealed that none of these lands are required for runways, terminals, parking, or any other facility directly related to passengers or aircraft at the RDU facility. The planners propose to use these lands for the sole purpose of generating revenue for the airport by leasing these lands out to developers to build office space, hotels, and a quarry. For all of these revenue-generating items, alternatives are available, so the destruction of forested recreation space and forested green buffer space to Umstead need not occur. There is no way to replace the land in question if it is given up for commercial or residential development. Triangle Off-Road Cyclists (TORC) (a 501-(c)(3) organization, www.torc-nc.org ), along with other user groups urges the preservation of all the existing forested lands, trails, and green space between Umstead State Park and up to and including Lake Crabtree County Park. We suggest that the Airport Authority work with surrounding municipalities to investigate the creation of an Urban Trails Center within this property. Such a Center would not only benefit all Triangle residents, but it would also attract visitors. This Urban Trails Center would create business opportunities for new and existing hotels, campgrounds, restaurants, bars, bike shops, and recreation outfitters. The benefits of such a Center to the community in its current and future state (i.e. considering population growth) far outweigh any benefits which might be realized by creating a few new offices, a hotel, and a quarry. The Triangle region should look at the work which has taken place in Richmond, VA, and Chattanooga, TN to preserve trails close to population centers. We recognize that the RDU Airport is important to our area and has funding challenges it must overcome; however, we believe an Urban Trail Center is a far better solution than the land uses proposed by the Airport’s plan. By working with the surrounding municipalities, TORC firmly believes that we can craft a solution that not only brings necessary revenue to the airport, but also enhances the communities which the airport serves. We ask that the RDU Airport Authority reconsider the land use portion of the Master Plan which would ultimately destroy the wooded areas of Lake Crabtree County Park and the wooded areas off of Old Reedy Creek Road in between Umstead State Park and Lake Crabtree Count Park.
Petition to Andrew Slade, Henry Martinson, Emily Larson, Jim Filby Williams, Jim Shoberg, John Schmidt, Erik Torch, Amanda Crosby, Edwin Hall, Tjaard Breeuwer, Jon Welles, Tiersa Wodash, Dean Vogtman, Michael Schraepfer, Lindsay Dean, Jodi Tervo Roberts, Frank Jewell, Art Johnston, Joel Sipress
Keep Congdon Park Hockey at Lower Chester Park
Duluth, Minnesota boasts the last outdoor hockey program in all of North America. Outdoor hockey has been a major part of the fabric of Duluth for well over one hundred years, but neighborhood rinks struggle to survive. Just think – at its height, Duluth was home to 37 outdoor rinks. Today, seven associations are keeping the legacy alive. Congdon Park Hockey, however, is in jeopardy of losing its current home at Lower Chester Park. The association is fighting to keep the doors open for current and future youth. Congdon Park Hockey is not at risk of losing its home because of lack of participation or interest in outdoor hockey. In fact, the association is currently serving over 70 families in its programs. It offers hockey to youth between 4 and 10 years old (i.e. mini-mites to squirts). Participation has increased dramatically over the past five years since the program relocated to Lower Chester Park from Congdon Park School—registrations have increased nearly 75% in that time period. Congdon Park Hockey currently maintains four outdoor rinks with an all-volunteer staff comprised of parents of the children that utilize the facility—Congdon Park Hockey logs an estimated 6,000 volunteer hours per winter. Congdon Park Hockey is at risk of losing its home because of a philosophical shift in the future vision of Lower Chester Park. The Lower Chester Hockey Association was closed in 2009 due to lack of funding. At that time, the Neighbors of Lower Chester Park (NOLCP) partnered with the City of Duluth to manage the park. When Congdon Park Hockey lost their rink in 2012 as part of the school district’s “red plan,” it began leasing the park from NOLCP during the winter to bring hockey back to Lower Chester Park, where it is currently thriving. However, NOLCP has clearly expressed a vision for the park that would not leave adequate space for organized youth hockey to continue at Lower Chester Park, despite the over 100 years of hockey legacy at the park." This spring, the Duluth City Council and the City of Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Department will be updating the mini-master plan for Lower Chester Park. Congdon Park Hockey is seeking the community’s support related to this mini-master plan process. In addition to a letter and email writing campaign targeting key decision makers, Congdon Park Hockey is encouraging supporters to sign this petition and will provide the results of the petition to the Duluth City Council and the Duluth Parks and Recreation Department.
Petition to David Bency, Greg Hull
Build a Park Near Lomas Encantadas
For residents of the Lomas Encantadas Neighborhood, the closest park for children to play safely is a minimum 1.5 mile walk away. The walk includes a long portion along a busy street (Enchanted Hills Blvd.) and the requirement to cross one or two busy intersections. The subdivision planning for this area has allowed for numerous residential dwellings, however, no park has been provided for the hundreds of families who have and are expected to move into this neighborhood. The residents of this neighborhood respectfully request the City of Rio Rancho to provide reasonable amenities for their use, including a park which is easily accessible. Many other areas within Rio Rancho have a park within a safe walking distance and parents should not have to worry about sending their children to a neighborhood park because of the distance they must travel. We, the residents of Lomas Encantadas, hereby petition the governing body of Rio Rancho to devise and execute a plan for the design, construction, and maintenance of a city park within close proximity to our neighborhood.