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Monique for Keep The Park Green 
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Re: “Burlington City Council Votes to Re-Redesign City Hall Park

To set the record straight, the public was never told what was going to happen with the trees when this planning process was going forward. You can check the cctv video record on that. Keep The Park Green made the tree cutting plan public because no one else did. Members of our organization attended 19 different planning meetings and we were never given a straight answer about what would happen to the trees. If the planners had been upfront about how many trees would be cut throughout the process, Keep The Park Green would not have had to come forward as we did. When we did, there was a huge outcry, and that's why this resolution received the support it did. Signing off now because we are not interested in interaction with haters. We all want a park that is safe with good community policing, good maintenance and a green canopy. Thanks again to all who supported this effort to keep our park green. We will keep working hard to protect it!

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Posted by Monique for Keep The Park Green on 04/17/2018 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Votes to Re-Redesign City Hall Park

As one of the official spokespeople of Keep The Park Green that attended and spoke at the City Council meeting last night on the resolution, I'm really surprised that reporters from Seven Days don't bother to reach out to us for comment. We certainly would have been appropriate people to interview (or even to quote) in response to the events of the evening. This is not good journalism. Since Seven Days won't bother to talk to us, I invite people to visit us on Facebook at Keep The Park Green. We have many activities planned for the future, not only this effort to make some modification to the City's plan to cut down over 60% of the trees and pave a third of the park, but to work in the future on a tree ordinance that will hopefully keep this sort of thing from happening in the future. We'll keep our supporters up-to-date on the activities of the ad hoc committee that was created by last night's resolution and we express great thanks to Councilors Knodell, Pine, Tracy and Bushor for their hard work on this resolution and the other Councilors for passing it. Most importantly, we thank our supporters for their dedication to the trees in City Hall Park and want them to know that we will do everything possible within the confines of the committee created by the resolution to protect those trees.

33 likes, 40 dislikes
Posted by Monique for Keep The Park Green on 04/17/2018 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Opponents of Burlington City Hall Park Redesign Speak for the Trees

Keep The Park Green needs YOU to ensure that our beautiful City Hall Park isn't turned into a large concrete pad with almost no trees, almost no shade, & less grass!

Our organization revealed that the City didn't disclose how many trees would be cut under this plan until the 11th hour, right before it was to go for final approval by the City's Development Review Board (DRB).

Withholding key elements of this plan was wrong & people have spoken out, sending almost 200 emails to the DRB, saying that they didn't want a plan leaving our park almost completely devoid of mature trees.

On March 7, we showed that the City's plans presented inaccurate information that misled the public about the true numbers of trees to be cut. Thus, other City documents were also incorrect, including the plan's tree cover diagrams & shade studies requested by the DRB.

Of the park's current 56 mature trees, only 17 (or less) would remain under this plan. Only 14 saplings that won't produce shade for decades will be installed.

The DRB hasn't made its decision yet, but will hold a final deliberation on Monday, March 12, at City Hall. The public can't comment, so we must speak with our presence & show the City that we want a better plan.

Most people don't want a hot, exposed plaza that's 1/3 paved surface, with less grass, a fraction of the existing trees, & 14 saplings that won't provide shade for decades.

Lack of transparency is a big problem, but this Administration must respond to public scrutiny. Stand with us: March 12, at City Hall, lower level at 5 pm. Together we can get a plan that provides needed shade, & incorporates & protects our trees!


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Posted by Monique for Keep The Park Green on 03/09/2018 at 6:00 PM

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