"This is exactly this kind of thing that makes me wonder what really is a democracy. What kind of country do we live in? A developer wants to build over a park .... A really sad day when citizens have to fight and spend hard-earned money to preserve something where there should be no issue in the preserving. Let's get 'em!"
"DON'T DESTROY THE PARK!!! It is a great place to GET OUT of the everyday life and be in nature. If we keep destroying all the parks- where are the animals going to go? What will the ecosystem look like? There are too many houses empty to need to add more!!! You need to count and see how many people are in the park and use it everyday!! It is probably more than the number of people that will actually move into your subdivision!!!"
"the park is part of downingtown and i and my family enjoy it. the ducks and the ponds are what makes this area enjoyable. we don't need any more building . we need the open space ,that was made to enjoy. no more building. enough is enough. the open space is what made me move to downingtown 10yrs. since then it has change. to many buildings. leave the park the way it is. we all love the park. keep the park for all to go to enjoy. it is part of downingtown. i go down penna .ave and see people doing things and sitting there watching the ducks in the pond. it is a peaceful plac e to go and unwind. . people like going to the park. please keep thepark for us to enloy. thank you"
"I cannot express how incredulous I am that parkland is being used to perpetuate the current problem in real estate which is TOO MUCH HOUSING!"
"NO MORE BUILDING"
"We are in need of more open spaces."
"If you build on top of a flood plain Downingtown will be washed away."
"Think traffic. Isn't enough that Rt 30 in E. Calnis gridlocked? Do we have to do that to Penna Ave too?"
"We should keep it as it is."
“Any new construction in town will only add to the existing high volume of traffic.”
“There are 100’s of beautiful trees in the park and I am sure they will be sacrificed for more traffic. Across the street is Mill Plaza. Some of those stores are still empty. We do not need more of the same.”
“I understand the definition of a Pond – however, I have lived in D-town since 1965 and those “Ponds” are known by the long time residents of the boro as the “Lakes”!! 1st lake on PA Ave and 2nd lake on PA Ave in Kardon Park 3rd lake beyond 2nd lake on the bike trail I would like the signs to reflect that! They will ALWAYS be the llakes to me! And that is why I want to save Kardon Park!”
“Thank you for doing this!”
“Peace Love Respect”
“Keep Kardon Park as it is.”
“No (illegible) at ALL Leave the Ducks ALONE!”
“Do the Right Think!”
“Thanks for your caring & good work!”
“Please, our sustainability, which is of indisputable value, depends on supporting systems which have shown to be sustainable for hundreds of thousands of years, i.e., nature, no matter how small!!”
“Can the public come to this hearing?” (yes!)
“Keep those ponds here!”
“PLANET FITNESS IS PLANET FRIENDLY!”
“Save the duckies”
“Don’t be a hater”
“The area is a toxic waste site and nobody should be allowed to live there, in addition to the fact that it should be left as is!”
“SAVE THE PARK!”
“Please contact with more information on how I can help save the park.” "Power to the People!"
"Please do not allow our park to be sold. It's a nice park for tranquility."
"Please do no allow our park to be sold."
"Keep up the good work!"
"This is a bad idea especially for a senior citizen who lives across the street from the Park along with many others."
"I have been coming to Kardon Park every 4th of July for 34 years. Please do not destroy the Park - our future generations should be able to enjoy it, too."
"Please keep our open wetlands from being built up and turned into runoff."
"Urban housing should be stopped!"
"One of the few things, if not the only thing, that makes Downingtown a distinctive community along the Rt. 30 corridor is its parks."
"We live across from the Duck Pond and Kardon Park. It is why we love it here so much."
"Personally, I'm tired of seeing open land and green spaces developed. If someone or a company wants new development, how about tearing down some of the older, junkier, run-down sections of Downingtown! That preserves open space, improves the town, and increases the tax base."
"Downingtown is already over-developed -- flooding, traffic, need for more high schools, etc., etc., etc."
"Where are we going with the traffic? Leave the lakes alone."
"Traffic on Pa Ave is already a problem"
"Please, enough is enough."
"We do not want to spoil a good town!"
"Too much traffic NOW."
"Too Dense!! # of cars undetermined. Light pollution from security lights. Downingtown is not an Urban communityt asset to my street is Kardon Park!"“Invite me to meetings – willing to help.”
“Good Cause & Very Nice People.”
“I am a runner and I use the trail a lot.”
“We need this park for future generations to enjoy the wildlife & beautiful Struble Trail. The wildlife have no voice so the concerned people need to say ”Stop destroying our homes!”
“I am a resident of Downingtown and I whole heartedly agree that this park should remain as a park (I pay lots of taxes).”
“I enjoy the park on a daily basis. It is part of my morning Dmo! I know I am not alone! Please don’t take that away from the people of this community!”
“If the open grassy are can be planted (or allowed to naturalize with native plants) it will be a very important buffer zone for the creek and ponds and wetlands. We’ll all be healthier & better for it!”
“Great Park. Please allow the residents of this area to utilize this wonderful park!”
“Our family enjoys this park. My daughter has a great place to practice riding her bike and watching all the wildlife. We are at the park a couple times a week! Please save Kardon Park!”
“I have lived in Chester County all my life (48 years) I have watched a lot of development. I worked in Downingtown for 25 years. This beautiful countryside is what brings us here to live. If we continue to take away the open space and our beautiful parks, there won't be any left for the next generation. An we will start looking like King of Prussia. The park was made a park for a good reason.”
“I feel the park should remain a park for all to enjoy. If sold, the beauty of the park will be lost forever.”
“Use $$ * Improve what we have, 1) Too much Council control 2) Traffic in Boro Horrible!”
“I work near the park - so I eat lunch in this park every week day. I enjoy walking in the park during lunch!”
“I have enjoyed feeding the geese there for too long to have it taken away!”
“Too much traffic/ people already! Have lived in W. Bradford for 22 years -- please save open space/parks!”
“I went to school in Downingtown. We hung out at the "Duck Ponds". There are always people/families there enjoying the park, geese, ducks. I got married in D-town & had some wedding pictures taken there. I now work in D-town & still always see people enjoying the ponds. The question is why take more open space away when we clearly need more. Are we striving to help our planet or destroy it?”
“Great Park. Please allow the residents of this area to utilize this wonderful park!”
“May Kardon Park be here for our children's children! God Bless all that work to this end!! A Gift of Beauty we will never be able to replace!! We don't need more buildings to look at!”
“SAVE THE PARKS DON'T DESTROY THE BEAUTYFULL PARKS”
“Thank you for the hard work and perseverance you've all done to save a very important part of Downingtown!! Please accept this small donation as a token of my solidarity!”
“The actions of the borough council surrounding Kardon Park are deceitful and shameful. Let's preserve our open spaces and our park land. Their value is more than monetary.”
“Kardon Park has been a park in Downingtown for years. People have the right to walk the trail and sit near the water and it's not fair if it's taken down.”
“One of the few things, if not the only thing, that makes Downingtown a distinctive community along the Rt. 30 corridor is its parks.”
“We are in need of more open spaces.”
“Please keep our open wet lands from being built up and turned into runoff!”
“Urban housing should be stopped!”
“Please do not allow our park to be sold. It's a nice park for tranquility.”
“PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW OUR PARK TO BE SOLD.”
“This is a bad idea especially for a senior citizen who lives across the street from the park along with many others.”
“It alarms me that borough council has the power to sell public parkland and develop it in a community with an expanding population which will need more places to recreate, not fewer.”
“There is too much traffic already in this town, grow up!”
“Please keep this park the sanctuary that it its! It's an escape from the crazy, fast-paced rat race!”
“Please do not destroy Kardon Park. It is a treasure for Downingtown!!”
“KEEP IT A PARK”
“Message to the honorable Judge Platt: Your Honor, the people have spoken, SAVE THE PARK!”
“We cannot let this happen! If I can add design or printing assistance to the cause, please let me know as I work in the trade -- we also do bulk mail.”
“I am a resident of Downingtown. I whole heartedly agree that the park should remain as a park. (I pay lots of taxes!)”
“I enjoy the park on a daily basis. It is part of my morning DMO! I know I am not alone! Please don't take that away from the people of this community!”
“If the open grassy area can be planted (or allowed to naturalize w/ native plants ) it will be a very important buffer zone for the creek and ponds and wetlands. We'll all be healthier & better for it!”
“Save our parks and open space! As is, we don't have enough to support this booming population.”
“If you need volunteers to help with anything to do with this matter, please contact me -- (Best times is afternoon, evenings & night)”
“I will pray for a favorable outcome.”
“Save Kardon Park!”
“The Preamble says - We The People of the United States etc. -- What happened to we The People - we don't have a say?”
“Kardon Park provides recreation and enjoyment to so many people. As Chester County loses it's natural beauty to development, it would be wise to keep this Treasure AS IT IS.”
“TRAFFIC would also be a mess! Surrounding property prices would not go up as a result of 305 high-density dwellings and will most certainly go down!”
“Building on this land would release poisonous chemicals into the environment as well [and perhaps more importantly] as taking away a beautiful PUBLIC place for the young and the old.”
“My family and I walk through here regularly. We would like to continue enjoying the outdoors!”
“DON'T BUILD HERE !!”
“The area is a toxic wast site and nobody should be allowed to live there, in addition to the fact that it should be left as is!”
“Keep plugging ---------------> united we stand!”
“Something as important as this should not be decided by borough council -- we the voters should have the right.”
“The last thing Downingtown needs is yet another apartment complex. Please stop trying to turn us into Delaware County. The open space was a god-send when we moved out here ten years ago. Watching it slowly slip away is disgusting.”
“Downingtown has so much to offer in terms of its parks, community events, and hometown feel. Don't commercialize it like everywhere else!”
“I was not even aware of any of this. I use the Park/Struble Trail 2 or 3 times a week. I found out when a flyer was left on my car. This park is very important to the quality of life of Downingtown area residents.”
“I have visited Kardon Park and it appears it offers many people much enjoyment. Why would you take that away just to fill someones pockets. It would be a shame.”
“I am a runner and I use the Trail a lot.”
“We need this park for future generations to enjoy the wildlife & beautiful Struble Trail. The wildlife have no voices so the concerned people need to say "Stop destroying our homes!"
“There are too many developments! & not enough open space.”
“I'll give when I can but am not able to go to meetings”
“Although I am not a resident of the borough, I live nearby and strongly believe parks should be kept as is, to prevent overdevelopment and to keep the animals/plants there alive & well.”
“Is a "Friend of Kardon Park” a fee paying member?” (No, but donations are always welcome!)
“Building housing on this land will raise our local tax.”
“We enjoy walking through the ponds several times a week.”
“I have been coming to Kardon Park every 4th of July for 34 years. Please do not destroy the Park - our future generations should be able to enjoy it too.”
“NO MORE BUILDING”
“I cannot express how incredulous I am that parkland is being used to perpetuate the current problem in real estate which is Too Much Housing !”
“I love the walking trail & the ponds. Please DON'T change a thing!”
“Clean up the other areas in Downingtown that could use it. No one needs to be messing with parks!”
“OUR PARK LANDS SHOULD NEVER BE FOR SALE! IF a ruling is made in favor OF development, the 3 ADJACENT ponds should NOT be sold to the developer. The BOROUGH needs to retain ownership rights of the waterway.”
“The public parks in Downingtown are the city's most valuable assets. With them, the city has the potential to become a great small town. Without them the city has the potential to look like any inner city mess.”
“I think Kardon is the nicest park in Downingtown. I have no idea why anyone would want to develop that land.”
“We should keep it as it is, because I enjoy taking walks with friends.”
“If you build on top of flood plain Downingtown will be washed away.”
“Under eighteen years”
“Think traffic. Isn't it enough that Rt. 30 in E Caln is gridlocked? Do we have to do that to Penna Ave too?”
“Hoping that the above will go through with flying colors & we have no further complications with this matter.”
“Thanks for your caring & good work!”
“Don't touch Park”
“I do not want high density housing put at the Kardon Park site! The traffic will be awful! Leave open space alone!”
The only TWO negative comments received from an officer of the D'town Chamber of Commerce and from one of “D'town’s Finest”:
“Sell it and bring on the construction!!”
“The trail and lakes will be in better condition then they are now. Your group is what is costing the boro thousands of dollars in legal fees.. This development will increase the tax base in town. Be real-- taxes never go down, but taxes have not gone up because of development like Main Street, Daniel's Way and Green Street Mews. Flooding is very much under control And yes-- my property value has gone up being across from a beautiful residential development as opposed to an industrial blight And No -- I have not seen an increase in traffic as a result of Main Street. What I do see are young couples enjoying is town living in a beautiful development.”