The main meeting with RPD and The Parks Alliance Group was last night and
I made sure that the director of rec and park himself received a copy of
all your letters. I also gave a copy to the
Director of Planning and Capital Programs, Dawn Kamalanathan. Hopefully
this helps show we are fully aware of how unfairly we have been treated.
Unfortunately, not one supervisor was there so we will have to continue to lobby
their offices hard until May when they make their decisions. So for those
of you who didn't yet write your letter to RPD and your supervisor
please, please don't forget. We have about 4
-6 more weeks of time where we must continue to lobby our
supervisors and Rec and Park that we insist McLaren be given it's fair
share to make up for the decades of neglect. The good news I was told is
McLaren Park is leading a good campaign, as of now.
The recreation and parks email address to send your
letters to is,
The three supervisor districts that border McLaren Park are D9,
D10, and D11. Without all three supervisors working together
we will fail in reaching the required amount to make a lasting impact on
the park. All three must be on the same page and completely aware
that we do exist out here and we waited long enough (if you have been alive that
long). We want a returned investment for decades of property
taxes with no return. We want McLaren Park
Please spread the word!!! Send a
copy of your letter most importantly, to your
supervisor and to the three
Mail me a copy as well to add to the growing pile of citizens, park
advocates, neighbors, & parents who want a change and are tired of driving
across town or to Golden Gate Park or better neighborhoods for their park
Chuck & Trilce Farrugia
Sample letter below!!!!! Just delete everything above the dashed
line after you write down (copy & paste) the email address'
above. It's not that hard...really :
whom it may concern,
live on Sreet.
McLaren Park is in desperate need of care and attention.
include a significant amount of funding for McLaren Park in the proposed 2012
Parks bond! McLaren Park has 318 acres and is second in size only to
Golden Gate Park. In the City's analysis for the 2008 Parks Bond, McLaren Park's
capital needs were estimated at $57 million! In the last 4 years of
deferred maintenance and inflation, needs have only gotten greater.
McLaren Park is simply much too large for volunteers and small private
grants to fix. Public funds are urgently needed for trail upgrades, pedestrian
safety improvements (especially crosswalks on Shelly Drive and Mansell Streets),
repairing algae-filled McNab Lake, resurfacing courts, replacing lost play
areas, baseball and soccer field repairs, basics like trash cans, irrigation and
major landscaping needs that RPD's 3 gardeners will never be able to meet on
their own. The thing I really want fixed is _____________________.
As a neighborhood, we have been skipped over way too many times and the
damage has been done because of it. Our park shows in it with every turn and
with every view. I also am not a blind to the fleet of green trucks and the
hundreds of workers, I pay with my meager income and high taxes, to maintain
every other park in the city. McLaren Park needs dedicated monies just
like Golden Gate Park. McLaren can not be compared to smaller city
parks. Until the day when John McLaren Park is a line item in
the budget, just like Golden Gate Park, we need a significant amount of the 2012
Parks Bond to go towards McLaren Park.
Please don't pass our
neighborhoods by again!
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