Save Stead Park in Washington, DC

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Target: DC Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Jesús Aguirre, and President of Friends of Stead Park, Christopher Dorment

Goal: Do not reduce active field space at Stead Park in Washington, DC.

A plan has been proposed to reduce the active field space at Stead Park by as much as 25 percent. Stead Park is located in Dupont Circle, a highly urbanized area in the northwest region of Washington DC that already has a limited number of recreational green spaces available for children, youth and adults.

The members of the organization Friends of Stead drafted the decision to reduce active field space as part of a plan to redesign Stead Park. On October 3, Friends of Stead will present their plan to allocate $400,000 towards park renovations to the Department of Parks and Recreation. Instead of using the limited funds to pave a large portion of the park, they should be using them to renovate the existing field with improved fencing, added benches and upgraded lighting.

If 25 percent of the current green field space is replaced by cement and infrastructure, current community leagues that practice soccer, volleyball, kickball and other sports will no longer have the opportunity to engage in their recreational activities. Additionally, local schools will not be able to use the fields. Overall, the reduction of green space would have grave consequences for the health and wellness of DC residents who use Stead Park regularly.

Sign the petition below to urge the Department of Parks and Recreation to protect the active field space in Stead Park and support green recreational spaces.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Jesús Aguirre and Christopher Dorment,

I am writing to express my opposition to the plan drafted by Friends of Stead to reduce the active field space of Stead Park by 25 percent in favor of redesigning the park. Washington DC already has a limited number of recreational geen spaces. Therefore, the green field space in Stead Park is of utmost importance for the health and wellbeing of the children, youth and adults that spend time there regularly.

The plan proposed by the members of Friends of Stead allocates $400,000 to the redesign and renovation of the park. Realistically, the proposed renovations would cost more than $400,000 and have the undesired effect of reducing active field space. Instead, I would like to see that money go towards renovating the existing field with improved fencing, added benches and upgraded lighting.

If the active field space of Stead Park is reduced, current community leagues that practice soccer, volleyball, kickball and other sports will no longer have the opportunity to engage in their recreational activities. Additionally, local schools will not be able to use to fields.

I strongly urge you to oppose the proposed plans to reduce the active field space at Stead Park and instead allocate funding to improving the quality of the current field so our treasured community park can continue to serve the needs of the community.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Leean Mongkut says:

    This petition presents observers with only a half-truth at best. The proposal, as presented by the Dupont Current, do not seem to take away park or recreational space…it seems to make it available to a broader spectrum of the community–neighbors who actually live and play here.

    They are talking about planting trees, putting in a place to walk/jog freely without traffic, seating for the neighborhood…this is stuff neighbors need and want.

    Are you doing this out of genuine concern for the neighborhood or just to protect your own financial gains–those you make out of your kickball league?

  2. dupont resident says:

    Before signing this inaccurate petition-I suggest you read the following articles from the Dupont Current newspaper and Borderstan. There is no plan whatsoever to restrict schools from using the fields-just to make the fields more attractive to more city residents.

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B06EV2-RUAezMUNBcWZBVERlNlE/edit?pli=1
    http://www.borderstan.com/10/guest-column-a-proposal-for-changes-to-stead-park/

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