Reasons for signing chang.org petition… in the spirit of the law of Save Our Parks Initiative 42, Ordinance 118477: All park land shall be preserved for park, boulevard or open space use and cannot be sold, transferred or changed from park use.
Eliza Davidson Seattle, WA 2016-12-03
The proposed expansion will degrade Seattle’s greatest landmark park and
overtake open space our burgeoning city desperately needs – and where will it
Kenneth Gimbel-sherr Seattle, WA 2016-12-03
Taking parkland for pay to use concrete blocks does not serve the public
interest, defies the intent of the jewel in the crown park, and sets a dangerous
precedent for public park land
Rauny Thompson Ajo, AZ 2016-12-04
I lived in Seattle and that park is special to all!!!!! A landmark of Seattle
Jonathan Wiedemann Seattle, WA 2016-12-04
This is an outrageous private land-grab of public property.
Ike Elaine Seattle, WA 2016-12-04
The Art Deco building should have its essential systems updated, along with
other needed remediation of the building; however, the architectural integrity of
the building must be maintained. The proposed modern structure belongs on a
modern building — not in the natural area of Volunteer Park. The 29 million is
better spent on other venues, such as the ones currently available to the
Pamela Zipp Seattle, WA 2016-12-04
As a neighbor and a museum member I feel the modern structure does not
complement the museum or the.neighborhood. The internal upgrades should
be done without ruining the original structure and decreasing the green space.
Elizabeth Davidson Bainbridge Island, WA 2016-12-05
It is hard to understand why the Museum cannot take advantage of their
unused floors (8) in the current location downtown rather than take part of the
Park. Sam Davidson, Pioneer Square
Michael Davidson Sechelt, BC, Canada 2016-12-05
Allowing this unjustified building to usurp park space is the thin edge of the
wedge when it comes to future requests. Seattle park lovers: get up on your
Sarah Welch Seattle, WA 2016-12-05
Initiative 42 is a compact between the City and its citizens that parks shall be
protected as park land and not used for other purposes. This proposed plan to
convert a portion of Volunteer Park for museum expansion violates that
principle. Please say NO to converting park land for non park purposes. Thank
Glenna Johnson Seattle, WA 2016-12-05
This is not just a park. Receiving another piece of land would not replace
Volunteer Park. It is a piece of Seattle history with the water tower and view,
the conservatory, the dahlia garden, the big older trees. The park is free,
available to everyone. The museum is not free, and after a large project like the
plans show, the museum would be even more expensive. A parking lot could
be added behind the museum taking up very little of the park.
Megan Davidson Seattle, WA 2016-12-05
We need more green open space not less.
Susan Lowney Seattle, WA 2016-12-05
This Olmsted park must be preserved for the use of all!
Gregory Colucci Seattle, WA 2016-12-05
Find a different location for the museum!!
Brian Baxter Vancouver, Canada 2016-12-05
Because of the illegal way in which this has been done. Plus the public does
not need to lose access to this wonderful space.
Cass Nevada Seattle, WA 2016-12-05
Because SAM and the park’s interests are very, very different. That park’s open
spaces are jammed all spring, summer and fall with happy, tax-paying citizens.
Leave the park alone.
Sheilan Sheilan Seattle, WA 2016-12-05
The expansion is not wanted by park us goers. Out of more than 300 park goers who were approached, most did not know about the proposed expansion. Only a few people wanted to see it happen. The museum will never be viable at this location no matter what they do. They want to use the new space for society functions at the park goer and tax payers
expense. Why should park goers have to pay for their party and have their park ruined?
Michael Daley Seattle, WA 2016-12-06
Initiative 42, Protect our Parks!
Ed Vervoort Seattle, WA 2016-12-06
If the Seattle Asian Art Museum needs additional space they should make use
of the space in the down town location
Ellen Hecht seattle, WA 2016-12-06
SAAM has NOT justified their need for an expansion and neither they, nor the
park and building owner, Seattle Parks Dept, have offered alternatives to
impinging on Volunteer Park. No public process has ensued despite public
funding of $19 Million+.The Museum expansion proposes to alter the
landscape in multiple ways, and to take park land for museum purposes.In
addition to my concerned for the taking of park land, I’m also shocked at the
scale of the three-story glass block extension into the park which is higher than
the current roof. Volunteer Park is on the National Register of Historic Places,
receiving the honor of being listed as nationally significant in 1975. This
expansion does nothing to honor this park or the users of it.
Ola Edwards seattle, WA 2016-12-06 This land grab by SAM clearly violates Initiative 42. “Parks shall be protected and not used for other purposes”.
Paul West Seattle, WA 2016-12-06
Once it is built on, there is no going back. The public process has been scanty.
This is a city wide asset and should be vetted as such.
David Kessler Seattle, WA 2016-12-06
The parkland is owned by the taxpayers and should remain in our hands and
not given to SAM
Lynn Ferguson Seattle, WA 2016-12-06
I support protecting landmarked buildings and grounds and love the museum
the way it is.
Randolph Urmston Seattle, WA 2016-12-06
I am signing because, although I support the Asian Art Museum, I believe it can
be renovated within its existing footprint without eliminating an irretrievable
cassandra trimble Seattle, WA 2016-12-06
Volunteer Park is a work of art. A 15,000 sq. ft., glass-walled collection of cocktail party decks ain’t.
Virginia Allemann Seattle, WA 2016-12-07
The park and SAM/SAAM created a back room deal over the heads and behind
the back of citizens who use and care about our historic parks and our open
space. Even a small amount of park land should not be taken for such a
Donald Heyneman San Francisco, CA 2016-12-08 We treasure the Park as a respite and quiet interlude from our busy lives. To enlarge the Museum, however important it may be damages our enjoyment of the park and should be opposed. Please keep the park as a natural reserve—for the park environment and for all of us! Thank you.
Mark Mead Seattle, WA 2016-12-08
This is what happens when east coasters with dubious pasts and monied self
interests are given reign over Seattles future.
Craig Brooke-Weiss Seattle, WA 2016-12-08
Seattle’s parks having been created by the Olmsted Brothers have lasted the
test of time. There is too much wrong financially & procedurally with the way
SAM is slated to acquire additional open space from what is currently
Volunteer Park to make this important decision without transparency and
citizen input. Please stay this important decision until and if it becomes clear
that the rules for the transfer of land have been faithfully adhered and there is
strong public support one way or another.
Martha Skinner Seattle, WA 2016-12-08
I use this park in many ways although I don’t live within the city of Seattle. It
serves a much wider population in the surrounding area and is of the many
parks that makes Seattle a crowded urban center that still feels spacious.
EagleSong — Monroe, WA 2016-12-08
Volunteer Park allows thousands of people access to open space annually
providing a health benefit to the city.
Thomas Kelly Seattle, WA 2016-12-09
Taking green space is not necessary and would be harmful. That harm would
outweigh any benefits from expansion.
Cass Turnbull Seattle, WA 2016-12-10
Seattle’s development boom is eating up privately owned greenspace at an
incredible rate, one backyard at a time. To make up for those lost ecosystem
services and to supply the exploding population with opportunities to relax and
recreate, we must preserve all remaining public green space. In fact, we need
to increase it significantly and soon. Instead we are eliminating quantitative
metrics for park acquisitions.
The City has turned its back on adding parks as evidenced by our pathetic acquisition budget. No green space is ‘unused’. New public buildings need to be built in the footprint of other previously existing buildings. We aren’t making anymore undeveloped land. We must think of our greenspace as more valuable than developed property, not as cheap land to be used for other purposes.
Cindy Jordon Seattle, WA 2016-12-14
This park has 100+ year old trees that would be impossible to replace. It is also
a home to bees and dalias. WE DO NOT NEED MORE BUILDINGS!!!!! There
is tons of construction in Seattle making our city an eyesore. Rents are starting
to go down snd I expect land values to plummet because this is no longer the
city with lots of parks and plants that it once was. If SAM wants to expand let it
find another site that is NOT A PARK.
Dana Twight Seattle, WA 2016-12-15
I’m signing because this expansion violates the spirit, in intention and the
zoning law protecting our Olmsted legacy in Volunteer Park. Cities need to
preserve the open space that they already have. We cannot set a precedent for
‘taking parkland’ for other uses.
Valerie Tarico Seattle, WA 2016-12-15
Green space on Capitol Hill is disappearing at an unbelievable pace, as is
Capitol Hill’s historic character and sense of place. Volunteer Park has been
cherished for generations. People need the park all the more as other tree
cover and open space gets converted cement board buildings to accommodate
Seattle’s population boom.
Patrica Keegan Seattle, WA 2016-12-15
I’m signing because I am both a member of the North Capitol Hill community
and a patron of the Seattle Asian art museum and I cannot support and
expansion of the museum because green space is so dear and our urban
Ryan Clark Seattle, WA 2016-12-15
Do not expand the asian art museum! Preserve the natural life of volunteer
Barbara Peterson Seattle, WA 2016-12-15
I am a daily park walker, supporter of Volunteer Park Conservancy, and Seattle
Parks Foundation. Expansion of the Asian Art Museum would significantly
impact the outdoor beauty our most treasured jewel of an Olmsted park. Park
land is for open space.
Donna Sakson Seattle, WA 2016-12-15
I believe our park needs to be protected from this expansion. In addition, the
east face expansion they are proposing is incredibly ugly and imposing.
Elise Slominski Seattle, WA 2016-12-16
It is too important of an issue to keep from the general public.
Andrew Hofheimer Seattle, WA 2016-12-16
The neighborhood becomes more dense all the time, and we are considering
removing valuable green space so that a museum can expand it’s footprint?
Lunacy! Volunteer Park is first and foremost about green space. If the SAAM
feels the need to expand it should move locations.
Karin Youngberg Seattle, WA 2016-12-17
Think of how the Washington Park Arboretum focus would be changed, ith
Mohail relocated there. I appreciate that the asian art museum needs an update.
But if you want to expand the collection, why push the pieces to a residential
neighborhood on Capitol Hill? Install them downtown, in the main art museum.
Michèl Schummer Seattle, WA 2016-12-17
It was already contrary to the Olmested vision to construct such a big building
in the first place. I also don’t support cars in parks and an enlarged SAAM will
draw more car traffic. Move it downtown.
Jonathan Mark Seattle, WA 2016-12-17
The proposed addition is an eyesore that would become the tallest and most
visually imposing face of the museum building. It is designed to realize views
from within its glass wall, at the cost of blocking naturalistic landscape views for
park users. Volunteer Park is protected from negative impacts by landmark
Seattle Asian Art Museum is a free tenant of this City-owned building, paying
no rent in exchange for the public benefits it provides. SAM’s campaign to
expand the City-owned building does not benefit the public; instead, SAM
seeks the taking of public parkland and money in its own interest. This proposal
is out of balance and should be rejected.
Matthew Swihart Rochester, NY 2016-12-18
Hey Seattleites: The reading I’ve done so far suggests to me this development
is a bad idea executed badly. What do you think? Does anybody feel well
informed on the issue? Usually when I look for someone who knows more
about something than I do, I don’t have to look far.
Sundram Damon Seattle, WA 2016-12-18
I’m signing because the whole idea is reprehensible. It’s a lot of money, it’s an
irreversible loss to Seattle citizens, and a loss that disproportionately impacts
working people who need a sanctuary that is free an open to the public.
Rob Brewster Seattle, WA 2016-12-20
How about a more historically accurate addition that’s compatible with the
existing building and the park? These designs seem to just dribble out – where
are renderings from all sides? Is there going to be a public amenity like a new
coffee shop or cafe?
Benjamin Urmston sherborn, MA 2016-12-27
I want to keep the park open and clear.
Alondra Villanueva Centralia, WA 2017-01-05
Volunteer park is a space for the public and for me, is an oasis within the city’s
hustle and bustle. It’s vital to keep the park the way it is and it shouldn’t be
changed if the public doesn’t know about it.
Jack Burg Seattle, WA 2017-01-11
Nowhere is there any mention of increased traffic, both foot and vehicle, that
will undoubtedly accompany the proposed expansion of the building, even if it
is an underground expansion. I oppose expansion. I support maintaining the
park as I have known it to be for the 70 years I have lived here.
Faith Fogarty Seattle, WA 2017-01-12
As the city gets denser and denser in its housing and population, we cannot
afford to lose any more park land.
Andrea Gray Seattle, WA 2017-01-12
Our parks should stay green and open for our community
Geoge Miller Seattle, WA 2017-01-12
Love V park and it’s open spaces and design. I Would prefer to limit the above
ground extension and loss of park
Antonio Ochoa Seattle, WA 2017-01-13
Parks are an important part of civic life and provide cities with incredible public
space there is no need to destroy the park in order to provide the city with
higher quality buildings.
Julie Russillo Seattle, WA 2017-01-13
I love Volunteer Park. Open space once given up is lost forever. Building more
buildings in this precious space is not the solution.
Kelsey Willson Seattle, WA 2017-01-13
I love this park, but it’s already crowded on nice days. Don’t reduce the green
Allen MILLER Olympia, WA 2017-01-15
It is important to preserve the Olmsted Brothers vision for Volunteer Park.
Nelly lizarraga Seattle, WA 2017-01-16
I love the park the way it is. We do not need more buildings; the open space is
beautiful. Save the Park.
Jennifer Maier Seattle, WA 2017-01-16
The proposed expansion is aesthetically inconsistent with this Art Deco
masterpiece. Expand underground and preserve the green space as Olmsted
Kari Boeskov Seattle, WA 2017-01-17 I care about public space, landscape architecture, and fair public process.
Gareth Loveridge Seattle, WA 2017-01-18
Parks need protection from erosion of space by building development. Volunteer Park is Seattle’s most spectacular park, in a dense neighborhood
that needs open space.
Robert Caplan Redondo Beach, CA 2017-01-19
I enjoy walking in the park, birding and watching things grow.
Matt Markl Seattle, WA 2017-01-19
I’m against losing any more green space in VP.
Mary Jones Seattle, WA 2017-01-19
We have enough contemporary, boxy structures in our beautiful city. Please maintain the Olmsted Bros original design and preserve this designated landmark. What an amazing concept to construct Underground!
Heather Dew Oaksen Seattle, WA 2017-01-21
A 45 year resident of the Hill, this Undergrounding approach feels like the right
approach to preserve historical Olmstead features and renew the SAAM in a
Gregfory Oaksen Eastsound, WA 2017-01-21
Expanding the museum in Volunteer Park is wrong, wrong, wrong!
Art Segal Seattle, WA 2017-01-24
I strongly oppose unnecessary, destructive projects like The Arboretum Loop
Trail and the expansion of SAAM. They are unnecessary and totally ruin the
beauty and character of these iconic and historic places. WE MUST SAVE
George Homsy Seattle, WA 2017-01-24
While I support the goals of the museum and a renovation, I do not support the
expansion that takes protected parkland
Barbara Donnette Seattle, WA 2017-01-25
Park land is PARK land!
Cristi Lien Seattle, WA 2017-01-27
We need green space in Seattle
dawn bugge everett, WA 2017-01-27
We need to protect our green spaces for the future.
Virginia Gilder Seattle, WA 2017-01-28
Green spaces are vital to the health of any city. Seattle is growing population wise,
which means we need, at a minimum, to maintain our green spaces.
Volunteer Park is a gem of a park, designed by Olmsted himself. It is critically
important to preserve and protect his design, and to maintain the design
integrity of Volunteer Park.
Lynn Slaughter Seattle, WA 2017-01-28
Expansion should stay within the existing footprint and should not be 50′ tall.
Connie Sidles Seattle, WA 2017-01-29
As Seattle’s population continues to grow, there will be many times when
people will look enviously at the open spaces, green spaces, and parks that
have graced our city from its beginnings. Each development project will have
its own merits, of course, and people will say each one will take only a little
piece of our open space. Bit by bit, the green of our Emerald City will be
nibbled away. Jared Diamond speaks of this process in his book “Collapse.”
What was it like, he asks for the man who cut down the last giant tree on
Easter Island? he asks. No big deal, he answers – because earlier men had cut
down the vast stands of trees lifetimes ago. People became accustomed to
living in denuded habitat and didn’t notice their environmental poverty until it
was too late. We must not allow our parks and green spaces to be nibbled
away to nothing. People need museums, yes, but they also need urban nature
– for peace of mind, clean air, clean water, carbon sequestration, and cooler
temperatures. Please keep the Asian Art Museum at its current size and restrict
its renovation to the footprint it already occupies.
Lisa Lederer Seattle, WA 2017-01-29
The little bit of open green space in this ever changing city MUST be saved……
once gone it can never be returned. With homes being town down and condos
put up the city is only coming more and more NEED for this open green space.
We do NOT need a larger museum. There is a better way – SAVE OUR
Curtis Wynn Seattle, WA 2017-01-29
Parks and green spaces are necessary and non renewable. Also Volunteer
Park is a heritage park. We need to think clearly, not greedily, before we make
Julia Byrd Seattle, WA 2017-01-31
I’m signing because I don’t want any of our precious park space taken over by
any building. Volunteer park is a treasure, and must be kept while for future
valentina warner Seattle, WA 2017-01-31
I love the open space of volunteer park. We need this beautiful historic park
maintained as it is.
Diana Harris Seattle, WA 2017-01-31
When I moved out of parents house at 18 I moved in two blocks from the park.
This was 1969. I didn’t have much money and spent all my time walking. To the
Pike Place market , down to Goodwill and Volunteer park. Volunteer Park was
so beautiful to me having grown up in Lake City. I now live in Mt. Baker two
blocks away from another Olmsted Park. The Olmsted’s work has been a
constant joy in my life. I am still sad that Seattle passed up the chance offered
by Paul Allen to complete the Lake Union to downtown boulevard. Any change
to an existing Olmsted Park should pass the highest critical bar. I do not believe
the Park and Museum would be enhanced by this expenditure of money and
effort. This looks like the redesign of the Denny library on Yesler. A horrible
addition who cares? We, the public would be devastated to a reduction in open
land at Volunteer Park. This is a horrible idea from an historic standpoint.
Sara Thompson Seattle, WA 2017-01-31
We need to protect our parks and open spaces.
Janice Rabkin Seattle, WA 2017-01-31
City of Seattle: do not change the zoning code. The parties do not have mutual
Kevin Wildermuth Seattle, WA 2017-01-31
Volunteer Park is a Seattle Treasure. It’s value lies in the relief that it gives us
all from the building boom that is dominating our city now. The Olmsted’s vision
should not be besmirched with another monolithic edifice to aggrandize wealthy
donors. This project must be stopped or rethought.
Kimberly Selling Seattle, WA 2017-02-01
Volunteer Park is an essential space of beauty, safety, and community
gathering in Seattle. It is an absolutely necessary part of our city’s terrain, and
should not be forced into a construction compromise like what has happened
already with so much of Seattle.
Karl Shibayama Seattle, WA 2017-02-02
I’m signing because I’ve loved Volunteer Park since I was a child. I loved
playing in the green space growing up and I also love the original Seattle Art
Museum/Asian Art Museum, but I don’t need to see it grow bigger, just
renovated and preserve the amazing art deco architecture. Thank you, Karl
David Eitelbach Seattle, WA 2017-02-02
My wife and I enjoy exploring Volunteer Park every day.
Ptarmigan Teal Seattle, WA 2017-02-03
How often does one see young people at SAAM? If this museum needs to
build attendance rates and a future membership base, then how about
reducing Youth/Student Admission rates from $12.95 to $1.00? Just $5million
in “expansion” monies, re-directed towards young people, would provide visits
to over 400,000 youth, many of whom could be future members, not to mention
the development of an artistically inspired community in Seattle. Another way
of looking at this project, aside from the parkland loss and dismal proposed
Joyce Moty Seattle, WA 2017-02-05
Volunteer Park is a landscape masterpiece that must be preserved intact. The Seattle Asian Art Museum expansion is an act of civic vandalism: SAAM 1%ers propose a “public benefit” at the expense of another public asset, precious park land. Not only do we, the taxpayers lose park land but our wallets get tapped to the tune of $29 million. Wealthy donors get tax deductions and their names in foot high letters on the various rooms in the “modest” expansion, just like downtown. What do we get for our tax dollars? 3.5 free days a month, diminished park vistas and possible damaged or destroyed trees due to construction activity.
Stop this building spree in our park. The citizens own this park not SAM.
In the history of this city greed and stupidity go hand in hand. Seattle Public Schools sold many lands for far below the cost and worth of the land let alone the buildings on it. And they still cannot budget deficits in funding aside from Federal/State funding issues. This occurring at Volunteer Park without justification, without following procedure, etc is an attack on the little people of our city. If we change the zoning building codes to be anymore complacent to developing then we are all going to be priced out of the city. Leave SAM as it is, leave Volunteer Park alone and work on housing affordability instead by stopping greedy developers, politicians, and landlords.
We are rapidly losing open space in Seattle. every bit of it is precious and important to our city. Let’s preserve this spot as open space.
Follow the rules, or change them in the public fora. Too bad our City’s web of public institutions have such a hard time doing the right thing.
Larry Sinnott Seattle, WA 2017-02-06
I’m signing because Seattle has the least intruded upon Olmsted Park system in the country. There is no good reason why this project should be allowed to nibble away at the great park legacy we have inherited and should preserve for later generations.
Ellen Lackermann Seattle, WA 2017-02-06
I love trees—this is my priority at Volunteer Park.
Maxine Weyant, MD Seattle, WA 2017-02-06
I have loved Volunteer Park ever since I moved to Seattle in 1986. It’s one of the only large parks in the city that is easy to walk to from several directions and neighborhoods. It’s a landmark place with a classic Seattle view.
Patricia McNally Portland, OR 2017-02-06
I think any park designed by Olmstead should be considered historically and culturally relevant and taken dear care of. You don’t get much more important in landscape and park design than that. It is a gem of an example of “open space.”
Open space, trees, and plants give life and beauty to the city. Build the museum addition above or below the current footprint, but do not destroy anymore open space.
Wenjun Chen’s Seattle, WA 2017-02-11
I support open spaces for people to relax and enjoy the views, to reduce stress by immersing myself in green space with birds and plants, walking around and enjoying picnic gathering and celebrating with friends. Park rights are human rights 🙂
The conservatory and park are very important in my best most mellow memories of Seattle. I agree that Volunteer’s Parkland is a historical treasure more precious than huge arrogant buildings. Thanks for the preservation of Volunteer Park
Ask for public opinion and give more time to receive it. Listen to us all. Don’t shrink the park. Find other options.
We need nature. This park belongs to all of us, and to future citizens. It must be preserved as open green space, as is its intended use.
This park is a treasure…please preserve it!
I am a member of the Art Museum and long time Capitol Hill resident. Volunteer Park must be protected, having the land remain as an “open space.
protecting our Parks and especially Volunteer Park by not use Open space for Museum use!
Please follow the ordinance approved by voters.
I feel very strongly in favor of saving all green space around the Asian Art Museum for those of us who opt to be outdoors for our connection to nature. Seeing nature from my inside a glass atrium looking out is not the same as being immersed in it. Please by all means do the necessary renovations to keep the artworks safe, but use the same footprint in the park as it is now.
The green space at Volunteer Park is precious to me.
Volunteer Park serves a myriad of purposes. We’ve enjoyed all of them. It’s a large parcel and I’d like to see the open space and uniqueness maintained. Open fields, conservatory, water towers, playground and museum.
I’m signing this petition because:
* I treasure our Asian Art Museum, and so I call on its stewards to be smarter, savvier, more fiscally responsible, and more forward-thinking about design possibilities for its existing building in Volunteer Park
* The plan in question and its execution are misguided, deeply flawed, and fiscally reckless
* I treasure this extraordinary park
* I treasure Seattle’s remaining green spaces and our city’s official commitment to preserving these (and our green canopy)
* …especially on Capitol Hill, one of our most dense urban neighborhoods
* …especially since this hood is slated to grow more and more dense, making our limited green space even more of an indispensable oasis
* We expect from our museum’s stewards responsible, collaborative, respectful and transparent conduct toward donors and the general public
* Pushing through the proposal in this way denies the public its right to make the call
* In fact, the needs of our city outweigh those of the museum (as expressed by its current stewards) for this project
* Consider our city’s honorable Olmsted legacy (which this expansion plan would pillage)
* Consider the threatened mature trees, other essential natural habitat, and the wellbeing of both (and ours too)
* Let’s consider this community and the importance of trust, integrity, transparency and mutual respect within it…
Jean Lanz Seattle, WA 2017-02-27
I live in the neighborhood and value the open space that Volunteer Park provides for me & my dog.
I am a SAM member and I love the Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park but I do not support the current plan for expansion. I support work to ensure the safety of the artwork but I do not support an expansion into park land. Build it underground like other museums around the world have done. Even if the park space that this would take is a small percentage of the total park space, the laws adopted by the City of Seattle need to be followed and SAM and the Park’s department are clearly trying to skirt around them. If this succeeds, it will be used as a precedent to develop larger projects on park land without the required notification, consideration and preservation of park and open space required under Initiative 42!
We are losing too much green space. We didn’t vote to approve an expansion. Keep the existing footprint.
I have frequented Volunteer Park for over 25 years for its landscapes and history. I do not wish to see such an expansion. Visually, I find the proposed rendering horrific, not in keeping with the spirit of the park at all.
Then there is the question of how to pay for it. I feel tax payers would not want to be footing the bill on hopes and dreams. My property taxes, along with everyone else, have risen considerably in the last 3 years. Enough is enough! Fiscal responsibility is paramount.
I love the park the way it is presently.
I live in Miami, Florida. I support parks, especially world class green landscaped parks. Residents and tourists needs grass. Please do not build any structures or additions to structures on the park.
Volunteer Park is a jewel. Because of the magnificent trees and its view, it is even more beautiful than Cenral Park, N.Y., Hyde Park, London, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, Tiergarten, Berlin, English Garden, Munich. It is because of these parks that these cities are more livable than others. I am sure to have forgotten about others, but I only know the above.
After arriving from the airport through all the ugliness along the highway,
I was relieved to find Volunteer Park. It helped to forget the long, straight tree-less streets with their power poles and wires. The Park is an escape. And the people living on 15th should not be exposed to the lights etc. which the museum expansion would bring.
This Olmstead Park was not intended to accommodate buildings. The current museum building was built in opposition to the park’s designers. No further expansion should be allowed. Ideally, that building should be removed. SAM has several thousand square feet of space in their downtown location that could be used rather that leased out.
Potential undiscussed environmental impacts need attention, i.e. severing the root structure of the old beech tree at rear of the SAAM.
I would like to have the Environmental Impact Study be done.