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7 - Handout, Pleasant View Fields--~.~~ ;..~s ~-k~ P 2~3 5 ~ .a.~ ~ c~ ~ "`~ May 21, 2001 ~ Will Meyer Pam Hoge 525 21" Street 2300 Iris Avenue Boulder, Coloraclo 80302 Boulder, Colorado 80304 Gwen Dooley Susan Osbome 730 Spruce Street 525 College Avenue Boulder, Colorado 80302 Boulder, Colorado 80302 Edwazd von Bliechert 725 University Avenue Boulder, Colorado 80302 Re Pleasant Yiew F:elds Ladies and Gentlemen: Charles Manlove 2827 10"' Street Boulder, Colorado 80304 Dave Wuring 4895 Lee Circle Boulder, Colorado 80303 I am writing to express myopposiuon to the City's pmposal to fence the perimeter of Pleasant View ~ fields and lock all entrances. As it is, the fields serve only a very small group of pnvileged Boulder ~ residents. If you do intend to lock the entrances and fence the perimeter, I ob~ect to any of my tax dollacs being used to support ttris (tudden or otherwise) and I request that the fields be made totally self-sustaining. The proposal is a bad idea First, fencing in and loclung up the fields will only keep out the law abiding citizens who already cause no harm; tt will not keep out the vandals wlrich they are intended to prevent. I believe that the rare incidents that your people complazn about do not justify this excessive response. We try to watch the fields for abuse. However, if you do choose to fence it, it seems to me that as it is no longer for neighborhood use, you will probably need to lvre full time secunty people anyway because the neighborhood certainly won't have any incent~ve to watch the fields. 2. I understand that your people aze complaining about the damage to these professionally manicured fields from common usage. In the first instance, I can't understand why we need tlrirry acres of these highly intensive, tugh caze, manicured fields to serve a few Boulder residents and the rest of the state, when for the vast majority of time they are empty It is a substantial unden~se and waste of this valuable City resource. It seems to me that you could narrow down and fence in one field (the major field) as a compromise and leave the others open to use for the public. ~ 3. Tturd and foremost, you aze taking away an alternatrve from our children for use. ~~'"` Many people run on the perimeter, etc. I also in the past have taken my daughter "~' over there to play on the field, because our little park is overrun and inundated by soccer and other groups who run their practices there almost every night and on weekends during the spring, summer and fall because they cannot use the soccer fields, even if empry. Lines of cazs are pazked the length of Corriente Ave. for these practices making the sh~eet unsafe for residents of the area and theu children. There is very little room for our neighborhoods kids to play in their own neighborhood park, bui then, of course, they always have the streets left to play in which I see quite a bit of in our neighborhood since there is no where else for them to go Rather- than limiting access to the fields, it should be encouraged. 4. Not everybody wanu to be a part of orgazuzed sports. As I related to one of your people at an earlier meeting, when I grew up, the places such as the school grounds were always open for children to play for pickup games of softball, football, or whatever. Many young children simply do not desire to be involved m the lughly comperitive and combative progams that the Ciry of Boulder runs in order to use these fields. They have no place to go to play these type of pickup gaznes or simply to go out with a friend because your groups, as I say, ate ov~~nning our pazks, and inUmidate the smaller children. These groups sould practice on the fields so that we can have our pazks back so our children do not have to play in the streeu? You can't separate the two. ~ 5. Finally, I think ttus is contrary to the intent and spint when the Ciry acquired the old soccer fields off of Jay Road and haded this property. Tfris was to remain, as I understand it, open for the neighborhood use. I hope that you will reconsider this proposal wluch merely serves bureaucratic convenience. On the other hand, if you do tnily want to close these fields, please stop subsidizing it in any fashion with tax dollars since it only serves a very small group of people and a much lazger group of non residenu from the state and otherwise and make it totally self sufficient. Of course, if you aze also mily concemed about damage to the field, I suggest you send the police out to chase of the thousands of geese that roam across the fields and pmbably cause more damage on the fields than any neighborhood use would cause. Very truly yours, ~~..~ ~ r~ ~ Mazk M. Haynes 4170 S. Hampton Circle Boulder CO 80301 ~