Topic

recreation parks

29 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

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.

Green ORC
9,783 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

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.   

Congdon Park Hockey Club
860 supporters