Please do not sign this petition unless you live in Staunton, Virginia.
We are looking for the City of Staunton to enforce its own code which designates Gypsy Hill Park as a designated playstreet, a designation which seriously restricts the flow of ordinary vehicular traffic, cruising, and scenic driving.
Visitors to Gypsy Hill Park often voice concerns that the level of motor vehicle traffic through the park's main loop makes their visit both dangerous and unpleasant.
"Cruisers" use the park as if it were a shortcut, throughway or place to people-watch from the comfort of a car, van or truck, causing discomfort in particular to women using the park alone who can feel vulnerable and unsafe.
And on nice days, excessively busy motor vehicle traffic creates an atmosphere more like a parkway than a park, posing a special safety risk to children, seniors and the differently abled as well as to bicylists.
The heightened vigilance required from parents of small children facing distracted drivers, cars backing out of parking spaces, and motor vehicle noise detracts from families' enjoyment of this otherwise appealing recreational resource and historic Staunton treasure.
In an effort to balance the legitimate needs of motor vehicles to provide transportation in and out of Gypsy Hill Park with the safety and enjoyment of those who want to enjoy the park outside of their cars, we propose the following initial change to motor vehicle access on the main loop of Gypsy Hill Park until true enforcement is achieved: