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Petition in Support of the Channing-Botsworth Neighborhood Park

This petition, supported by neighborhood and residents of Elgin, is directed to Mayor Ed Shock and the Elgin City Council Members Dave Kaptain, John Walters, Robert Gilliam, Juan Figueroa, Michael Powers, John Steffen and other interested City Officials. Its goal is to support the designation and construction of a multi-use park and open space with areas for a playing field, playground equipped with swings and slides, and community gardens.

We, the undersigned constituents of the City of Elgin respectfully request you to authorize the creation of and the funding required to establish the Channing-Botsworth Neighborhood Park to be located at the property currently owned by the city at 111 N. Channing St.

Parents need open space to play with their children. Neighbors need an open space to gather as a community. Green spaces build community, and we need to build a stronger community. Research shows that residents of neighborhoods with greenery in common spaces are more likely to enjoy stronger social ties than those who live surrounded by barren concrete. In creating “Channing-Botsworth Neighborhood Park”, we will accomplish multiple goals, including but not limited to improving our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live:

Specific Goals

1. To create a well-lit, easily maintained traditional play ground with swings and slides where parents can bring their children for exercise and entertainment

2. To create a well-lit, easily maintained playing field large enough where neighborhood children and adults can play any form of ball game, fly a kite or play with their dog

3. To establish area within the park for a community “garden” where members of the neighborhood can reserve a plot for a self-maintained garden.

4. To develop a beautiful, low maintenance space with perennial gardens and a gazebo, open to all friends and neighbors who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions so that they may enjoy the community.

5. To view this park as a community project, in partnership with the City of Elgin, designed to satisfy the needs of residents of the neighborhood.

We request the City of Elgin to authorize adequate funding to provide appropriate fencing, Gazebo, playground structures, electricity outlets, sprinkler system, lighting, asphalt, concrete, pathways, or gravel, plant material, water availability, garbage cans, benches, water fountain(s), parking, signage and any other requirements so that this park can be constructed as quickly as possible. The park must comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The design of the park will include a gazebo, perennial gardens, walking paths, open playing field, playground structure, community garden area and small parking area (

We request this park because this neighborhood is currently the most open-space deficient in the City of Elgin, as documented in the City of Elgin Parks Department Planning Guide of 1998, and this property is the ONLY possibility of adding open space. Further, such a park will greatly benefit the greater community in the following ways:

Health Benefits: Physical Activity Makes People Healthier – Access to Parks Increases Frequency of Exercise. Exposure to nature and greenery makes people healthier.

Community Building: Such a facility would increase general park utilization and build bonds within the human community. The new park would make the neighborhood more livable; they offer recreational opportunities for at-risk youth, low-income children, and low-income families; and they provide places in low-income neighborhoods where people can experience a sense of community.

Increased Property Values: “The real estate market consistently demonstrates that many people are willing to pay a larger amount for a property located close to parks and open space areas than for a home that does not offer this amenity,” writes John L. Crompton, a professor at Texas A&M University who has published extensive research on parks and recreation.

Economic Revitalization: Attracting and Retaining Businesses and Residents

(In May 2001, Boeing Co. announced its decision for the location of its new corporate headquarters, after a heated three-way battle among Chicago, Dallas, and Denver. In choosing Chicago, Boeing officials cited, among other reasons, the city’s quality of life, including recreation opportunities, its downtown, and urban life.)

Improving the Quality of Life: Quality of life is a determining factor in real estate values and economic vitality. A 1998 real estate industry report calls livability “a litmus test for determining the strength of the real estate investment market…. If people want to live in a place, companies, stores, hotels, and apartments will follow.”

Environmental Benefit: Green space in urban areas provides substantial environmental benefits. The U.S. Forest Service calculated that over a 50-year lifetime one tree generates $31,250 worth of oxygen, provides $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 worth of water, and controls $31,250 worth of soil erosion.

Again, we would appreciate your consideration in constructing the “Channing-Botsworth Neighborhood Park” at 111. N. Channing St., Elgin, IL, and that said park is constructed within 18 months of designation.

The Petition to Mayor Edward Shock and the City Council of Elgin and other interested City Officials was created by and written by Friends of Channing-Botsworth Neighborhood Park.

June 2007

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