SoHum Community Park Supporter Strongly Rebuts Earlier Letter to the Editor
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TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS REGARDING THE COMMUNITY PARK-
Ed Voice’s recent [letter to the editor] does not accurately describe the plan for the Community Park. By now, I think most people are familiar with, and do not give merit to, these antics. Don’t get misled by the distraction of emotional distress. The Park and community representatives of this project are focused on putting every ounce of positive energy available to best represent the majority of the community as a whole.
For 16 years the Park board has listened to all the concerns of the people and adjusted the plan based upon what would best suit the overall community, looking years into the future.The most extensive EIR report the Planning Commission has ever seen was done on the Community Park; 1000 pages. It can be so incredibly challenging to make choices on a community level because you will never be able to satisfy everyone at once. Diversity is one of the things that makes our community such an amazing place and allows us freedom to be ourselves more than so many other places. However, to be able to make changes on a this level, the community as a whole must be taken into account. Several factors are considered. Representatives, county officials, Community Park members and community volunteers feel they are making the right choices based on the community as a whole. Will every person be happy? No, never in a million years will every person be happy with any decision made on this level, but everyone is doing their best to address the majority of the community.At some point being a victim is something that should be questioned here. There are misleading accusations with zero show of responsibility or proof. Presenting one side of personal “attacks” does not constitute enough to create an accurate description of all the facts to an argument. Playing the victim does not always constitute a bully. Its our job to open our minds, listen and reach out for accurate information. The EIR link is on the Community Park’s website. Anyone can view it to read the facts. http://www.sohumpark.org/ The tent described in Ed’s letter has not been approved or even officially proposed to the park board yet. The events being allowed at the park start out only 2 smaller ones this year. Overtime the county will allow up to 5, only 1 being festival size. Parking for the events is provided there. One of the events this year is the Community Easter Egg Hunt, which is being organized to bring families from our community together and support local non profit schools and vendors. The only camping approved is for educational and environmental programs, like the youth camp, and if needed during a large event for vendors and staff only. In the current plans is a wedding venue, a stage area, farming land, trails (bike, hike and educational), a dog park, and a sports complex. The sports complex currently includes 2 baseball/softball fields, a shared full size football field and soccer field, a playground, a snack shack, a bmx track, a skatepark and a location for a future indoor basketball/volleyball court.
One of the most important things I gathered from the information I found was that they do not intend on cutting any large trees to complete these projects. Some brush and possibly smaller trees may have to be removed, but they are constructing everything in a way that is best suited for the existing layout of the land. The sports complex is going on a location where the soil tested least desirable for farming. The big beautiful oak trees by the current parking will remain untouched. They have come up with the best layout for the least amount of environmental impact.
If you are concerned about the facts talk to someone on the board, look at the reports on the web page, message the Community Park on facebook. Make your own opinion based on facts. This is a very exciting opportunity to present to our children and community for years to come. It gives me hope for our next generation and the direction of our community. Im getting involved in this project 100% so I can follow the facts and have my voice heard. If you are interested, do some research so you can decide if you want to get involved.
Active community member and mother, Bonnie Mullaney