Pool, rec center would suck up more valuable green space; The parks, the people and the future

Pool, rec center would suck up more valuable green space

I am totally against the move for a city-wide aquatics center for several reasons but mainly for its location. Much of the green space in Lake Oswego is owned by the City. They are called parks. Surely there is someplace that doesn't have as many lush trees or grass or shrubbery. What's proposed is that the golf course will go from 18 holes to nine holes — can you say pitch and putt? ?— so folks can conglomerate in another huge concrete structure to engage in a form of exercise that they value over the recreational pursuits of others in the community.

Will all the kiddies, mommies and daddies that MUST have this swimming pool walk there? Will they carpool (no pun intended)? Will they Uber? With absolutely no on-street parking available nearby, will they chase off the dog lovers or maybe the poor souls in the retirement home across the street? Not likely. You can be sure that what the aquatic center doesn't suck up in concrete, Macadam will. And yet another green space attractive to birds and pollinators will be sucked up by a marginal idea in a bad place. Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter very much if we lose a few more trees. The Boones Ferry debacle and the developers with their profligate appetite for ever bigger houses on ever smaller lots are making The City of Trees the City of Stumps anyway.

Jim Kronenberg

Lake Oswego

The parks, the people and the future

I am one of three sons of Marjorie Emery. It was Marjorie whose profound love of nature, and belief that humans need to love the natural world in order to actually be human, resulted in the creation of Cooks Butte Park in Lake Oswego. It was important to Marjorie that local residents have an opportunity to enter a remnant of The Wild and experience "life with fellow creatures".

Since 1993 there have been three attempts by the City of Lake Oswego to locate a communications tower on Cooks Butte. Marjorie herself openly opposed the first attempt in 1993. Her family honored her wishes by successfully opposing the second two attempts after her death. Such development of the park would seriously impact its biological diversity and human experience of wild Nature. Now local residents are mounting an initiative drive to protect all Lake Oswego parks from developments that serve other purposes than athletics, outdoor leisure and direct experience of the natural environment.

Obviously parks and natural areas require certain physical "improvements" to foster access, appreciation and education. But there is a fundamental difference between these functions and construction primarily for commercial, technological or industrial purposes. I urge you to take the fate of your parks and natural areas into your own hands as citizens and as humans who live because the natural world thrives. I urge you to use these treasures to empower your children to be better stewards of life itself than we older people have been. I urge you to vote for this initiative and participate directly in decisions about the remnants of natural environments in your community.

For the love of life itself.

Leslie Emery

Vashon, Washington

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