We, the undersigned, are asking Burlington City Council, the Niagara Escarpment Commission, and the organizing committee of the Toronto 2015 Games to RE-CONSIDER
the proposed use of the Burlington's New City Park as an intensive 'training site' for the soccer matches of the PanAm/Paraban Games in the summer of 2015.
It is our belief that the 'new' Burlington City Park is the WRONG
We want Burlington City Park to BE
, not a 'competitive sports facility' catering to the 'requirements' of the PanAm Games playing out on THEIR artificial turf. We KNOW that with PanAm Games comes PanAm money for artificial turf. Yet, we believe the FUTURE FOCUS should not be on the money, but on the PARK.
Right now three fields of 'artificial turf'
are slated to be 'installed'. Fenced-in non-bio-degradable, toxic synthetic plastic grass does not BELONG
in a NEPOSS
protected park. The water that will be used to 'wash off' the unidentified sanitizing chemicals, and used to 'cool' these 'heat islands' of plastic grass, will drain directly back into the watershed - untreated.
How can this be 'Right'? How is it SENSIBLE? How is it SUSTAINABLE?NO
environmental or health assessment was done about artificial grass in the 'approved' Park Managemetn Plan of 2009. NO
evaluation was done how this STuff will affect the surrounding ecologically sensitive parkland area. For the provincial and numicipal environmental 'regulatory bodies' to overlook THE OBVIOUS is a disgrace.
WE DO NOT WANT THE PAN AM Games IN NEW CITY PARK.
Please, listen to us, the residents and Grass-Roots
lovers of THIS land.
Find an alternate 'sports facility' in the urban area with the infrastructure to support it.
Give us a NATURAL park;
one we can be PROUD
Give us a park that RESPECTS Nature -
one that Conserves
We are NOW campaigning to GET the FAKE GRASS OUT after the Pan Am Games of 2015.