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Agenda Item - 2021-10-19 - Number 4. - Public Comment - Karen Nordstrom Karen Nordstrom 18222 Siena Drive Lake Oswego, OR 97034 October 18, 2021 To the City Council Members, I am writing this letter to possibly ask a favor. In the last few months, I have been to a few of the planning meetings of the project: Rassekh Park Development, 18011 Stafford Road,Lake Oswego. I have held and interest to this because as you can see from the above address that I live right behind the proposed park. I also have an interest in the park on how much of an impact that the new park and the recreation center is going to have on my day to day life. It seems though that a lot of the concerns that my neighbors have at this project are being ignored or pushed aside because the park is going to be built regardless of input from the people who are going to be impacted the most. To be brief,here are some of my concerns: • First off,traffic. Right now traffic on Stafford Road is one big backup certain times of the day. Since it is a two lane road,without a median and no way to get off to the side it is limited on the amount of traffic that it can handle. During working hours of the day,the speed on the road can be impacted by one person trying to take a left turn. Since there is only one intersection with a light,this left turn can hold a person up for minutes. Just a few weeks ago,PGE was working on some of their lines on Stafford and had a lane closed. The traffic line would wait at least five minutes before being let through and the backup was beyond the roundabout. These are just a few examples on how poor Stafford is as a location to be able to host multiple sports venues and recreation as well as a high school and general day to day traffic. I bring this up because public safety response times are going to be hugely impacted if the park and recreation center goes in at the same time. Also if there are going to be multiple events going on at each field,the traffic will spill over to smaller roads and streets making it impossible to get anywhere in any amount of time. • Let's address security. It was said in one of the meetings that none of the parks need security or locked gates to prevent people from going in after hours. I oppose that notion since there is a green space that backs up to our houses. Let's be honest,if cars are being broken into in broad daylight at Hazelia Fields,I do not want to see what happens at night with a parking lot that is away from any main road,hidden from eyes right next to this green space. I also have concerns about homeless campers coming in and finding refuge and living space in the green space. I know that you are saying"That wouldn't happen here in Lake Oswego",but it is already here. Take a look around the parks and city spaces and you will see people who are trying to hide(or present themselves in bright tents and mounds of garbage)here in in the city. It is a concern that needs to be addressed to protect the properties and surround wetland from getting destroyed. • It was said in the meetings that natural esthetic is one of the priorities. How is making a playing field out of artificial turf keeping it natural? Just asking. • And the topic of the budget. In the planning meetings,it was said that most of the money is already been budgeted for the field and the lights and that there isn't anything else except for a few picnic tables slotted for the final plan. The original feedback plans to the public only had the field or fields as our choice. There wasn't any other options given. I am hearing from others that there is a need for a nice playground for kids(since Hazelia's park seems to be an afterthought), basketball courts,tennis courts,pickle ball,and a nice picnic and gazebo area so that the people over at the senior center can get out,walk and enjoy the outside with their families. I know that you just do not want to hear complaining, so here are some ideas or solutions. Traffic: why not put off putting in the park until Stafford can be able to be improved. Over by LO High, it is a four lane road with a median for plenty of traffic. There is plenty of space so that public safety can get by without too much friction. Stafford is becoming an arterial road for many people in LO. With the possible future development of Bergis Road, it is going to be more important for the City of Lake Oswego to accommodate the future traffic needs. With the improvements in the road,it will not interfere with the park if the park is not put in at this time. Also bear in mind that the recreation center is going to be under construction during the same time as this park is being built. Stafford is going to be at a standstill and the surrounding neighborhoods and streets are going to suffer. Please think of at least postponing the park until the recreation center is up and running and then conduct another traffic study. It will save you a lot of headaches and complaints. Security: Make sure that security and safety is the number one priority here. Be the first park that has a locked gate. Ensure that with the development of the recreation building,the park and Stevens Meadow are secured without promoting on street parking. If you cannot ensure it,then build a fence around the green space to promote security for our neighborhood. As for everything else,try to be transparent as possible. None of us want to hear the hypothetical, possible items that"may"go into the park at a later time. We want honest answers and not the political language that you will look into something and then ignoring the people. Thank you for your time, Karen Nordstrom