Monday, May 16, 2011
Does a name matter?
From the In Box:
It would be inappropriate, insulting and dishonest to name this clearly defined SPECIAL USE PARK a Community Park.
Current submissions for naming the special use park.
Rossini Creek Community Park
Encinitas Heritage Community Park
Encinitas Community Park
Seaside Community Park
The current plan for a park on the Hall Property is not a 'community ' park.
This fact is collaborated by the Hall Property EIR, the Planning Department,(WHICH REJECTED THE HALL EIR, ALTHOUGH THE CITY CURRENTLY CLAIMS TO IT'S CITIZENS, WAS APPROVED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION), Park and Rec. Department and the General Plan.
Although it can be shown that the majority of the community wanted a community park. The city funded Godby Servey clearly determined that over 80% wanted a more passive park, public comments showed the majority indicated they wanted a community park and letters and comments further supported a community park as well as public comments at council meetings.
The public was invited to design the park they wanted. The public did. the city recorded the public's wishes. Then the city ignored the wishes of the majority and inserted the directive, "…maximize sports fields", without any public input. At a council meeting, the question of who inserted this directive into the guiding design directive was asked but never answered.
That was the end of a community park design. It was changed by someone. It was not changed by the taxpayers.
During the last election, Council member consistently referred to her support of a 'community park'. What she was in fact supporting was the current plan, which is defined everywhere as a SPECIAL USE PARK. This designation is determined a a legal definition when a park has a majority of area defined as a special use. In this case, sports fields and not a community park that has more diverse elements offered. This designation is in the EIR.
Although the city has used the term community park, even on documents that clearly state in the documents that it is a special use park, it is not true. the city recently added in the description of amenities, basketball courts. This element was rejected in the original plan, as was tennis courts and other public amenities requested by the public. The map shows no basketball courts or any area where these could be placed.
The city if Encinitas has endured eight years of unpleasant divineness over this issue. It would be a insult to call this plan, which is clearly defined in as a special use park, a community park. It would further divide the community on this issue. It would be a slap in the face of all those Encinitas citizens who fought so hard and for so many years to have a community park, and lost. And it would not be honest.
City web site shows the Hall Park land designated as a SPECIAL USE PARK designation in its recreational land designations.