How to protest closing of a park?
September 25, 2012 2:35 PM Subscribe
Is there anything I can do about a local park closing for half a year? I have never done any community organizing and don't know where to start...
posted by Shusha to law & government (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
There is a local park near to where I live that is the most heavily used park I have ever seen. In the evenings/on weekends it's filled with people walking their dogs, playing children, people doing sports, etc. In the winter, parents bring their kids there to play in the snow and run around. We live in a highly dense urban area, there are just not many places around where a child can run around in circles to get tired enough for bed.
So today the Department of Public Works closed the park down to replant the turf for soccer playing. The field is only used for soccer on Saturday mornings for youth soccer league. Now the entire park is surrounded by four foot tall chain link fence, and will be until late April ostensively so the "grass can take root". I'm angry seeing so many people lose out on our communal space so a few can have nicer turf for their small league soccer game. It's just not fair to this neighborhood, the pets, the kids and everyone else.
Now the question: Is there something I can do about this? What would make sense? Write an article in a newspaper, write a petition and go door to door for signatures (how many signatures would be enough?), call the City Hall and find out who made the decision to do this? I realize I probably won't get the field re-opened, but it feels like there is something I should do to speak up for this neighborhood.