Urban Planning

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Petition to Taron M. Cunningham

Bring a World-Class Skate Park to Downtown Youngstown.

If you agree with this petition, please sign it, then SHARE it with your Mahoning Valley neighbors and beyond! Our vision for this skate park is near the future  Amphitheater next to the Covelli Center. The city has existing plans for a park and green space in this area and a skate park would be a perfect addition to revitalize this area. This impressive park will be the first thing you see when crossing the Market Street Bridge into downtown Youngstown.  Our goal is to bring a safe, durable skate park that will enhance our community in many ways. High quality concrete skate parks require little to no maintenance and are preferred and enjoyed by skateboarders, bmx cyclists, freestyle scooter riders, inline skaters and roller skaters. Like the Covelli Centre, a public skate park is an unique attraction that will bring people of all ages to downtown Youngstown in a family friendly atmosphere. A skate park in our city would provide free outdoor recreation for youth and adults alike.  It will help make downtown Youngstown a destination not only for our residents, but for people from nearby cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton. This skate-able art will provide decades of entertainment and will help revitalize and enhance the aesthetics of our city.  Benefits of a public skate park: Builds community. Provides a gathering place for people of all ages, encouraging residents to get to know one another and build friendships. Provides a safer skating or riding environment. Less than 5% of all skateboarding injuries occur in skateparks. Our public streets, sidewalks, stairs, and curbs are not safe places to skate. A majority of fatal skateboarding accidents that occur in the street involve a motor vehicle. Boosts local business. When residents are not interested in their neighborhood, they are less likely to "hang out" and use its services. Additionally, visitors from other cities will come to use the skatepark, buying lunch and "gassing up" before returning home. Improves health and well-being. Lack of physical activity is a problem in our country.  A free sport is an excellent way to encourage physical fitness, improve coordination, build new skills, and get people away from tv and videos games, giving them access to fresh air and exercise!Lowers crime. Provides an additional productive activity, a place, a sense of belonging, and an identity. Boredom in our youth is not helpful: ask any parent, community group, or public authority!  Do you know of a space or activity that exists downtown for young adults under the age of 21?  Enhances, improves, and revitalizes our city. Skate parks are downright cool! It will make our city look modern - Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Akron and Canton all have skate parks!  Add Youngstown to this list and give residents a sense of PRIDE!  Downtown is a centralized location, and unlike other neighborhood parks in the different City Wards, ALL residents will be drawn downtown to utilize the skate park, giving a sense of ownership to everyone.  The growing popularity of skateboarding, eight million strong. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 Statistical Abstract, skateboarding had approximately 8,418,000 participants in 2009. Among the 40 sports and fitness activities that the census covered, skateboarding ranked 26th, ahead of such sports as hockey, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. It did rank first among the so-called action or extreme sports, with millions more participants than snowboarding, water skiing and inline skating.

Youngstown Public Skatepark
1,262 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Deborah Glick, Corey Johnson, Jerrold Nadler, Bob Gormley, brad holyman

Protect our village – Help us keep VCS' development from taking another open space.

Protect the west village: Stop VCS Construction from taking our open space The Village Community School (VCS) is a private school on the corner of Greenwich Street and 10th Street, with an enrollment of 350 K-8 students and tuition of $48,000. VCS wants to construct a 5-story building on top of a historic playground (one of the few open spaces left in the West Village), block the facade of a 150 year-old landmarked building, and destroy a landmarked garage in order to drastically increase the size of their school’s facilities. Their plans also include digging a level below ground.  Additional information is hard to come by and long-time locals are unaware of what’s being planned. Meanwhile, VCS has been expediting approvals with local authorities in the hopes that the community doesn't notice until it's too late.  Help us get your voice heard by letting our city officials know you care! Our concerns: We don't need more traffic in the west village. We want to reduce, not increase the crowding of our streets.  A building of that size will generate more congestion. We don't need more huge buildings being built on top of playgrounds. We need more open spaces, not fewer.  This project would get rid of one of the few remaining open spaces in the neighborhood. We want to preserve the historic character of our neighborhood. The west village’s history and architecture make it unique in our country and world.  This project would erase multiple landmarked facades from a cherished corner in the heart of the village. All community members need to play by the same rules. Square footage limits and zoning rules exist to protect the character of a neighborhood.  VCS is looking to abuse the intent of preservation laws through variances. We disapprove of back-door deals and special treatment that only benefits a minority. The project will require the removal of asbestos. We need to understand the environmental impact of removing the asbestos from the building.  The community has not been given enough information and time to define and get their voice heard. VCS has been advancing their plans and expediting approvals.  The community has a right to get enough time to spread the word, define their position and voice their opinions. The construction will cause major disruption to the residents of the neighborhood.  A construction of this magnitude will clog the neighborhood with cranes, bulldozers and traffic for multiple years and disrupt a major bus route. We don’t want other buildings being put at risk in the event of flooding. VCS plans to dig a level below only a block from a FEMA-recognized flood zone.  What happens in the next hurricane? Has an environmental impact analysis been conducted? We want to keep our residents safe from potential contaminants that may exist underneath the woodshed (former garage).  Has the potential for harm been evaluated? This building would only benefit 350 K-8 students who already benefit from privileged school grounds, many of whom don’t live in 10014.  Moreover, the rationale that VCS claims for this construction is building a gym. Not only would this gym be additional to their existing gym, open play space on the roof, auditorium, and other recreational spaces, but it does not explain the need for a major 5-story building. The west village contains rich history and is unique in our country and in the world. It is our duty to protect it.  The harm to the community outweighs the benefits that VCS claims this project would provide. Together, we can stop VCS from eroding the fabric of our neighborhood.   Please help us keep the village small! VCS will need to get this plan through the landmarks commission and community board. In fact, there’s a hearing on October 15 at NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place., Room 207 at 6.30PM. If you care about the future of the west village, we hope you’ll join us there and ask questions.    

Alan Chapell
397 supporters