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Agenda Item - 2021-10-19 - Number 4. - Public Comment - Virginia Boden From: Viraina Boden To: Council Distribution Subject: Letter to the Editor Date: Tuesday,October 19,2021 3:00:14 PM Development of Rassekh Park I have been a resident of Lake Oswego for 40 years and currently live directly adjacent to the proposed development of Rassekh Park along Stafford Road. I am very sad to see the manner in which this proposed development has been presented to the residents in the adjoining areas by the City of Lake Oswego. There have been several meetings with people living in the area under the guise of"neighborhood input". There was also an online survey which overwhelmingly requested that the area be a neighborhood park and kept natural. Instead of hearing the wishes of the people living here we are told the artificial turf ball fields,lit with 6 sixty foot lights are mandated. At all of these"community input"meetings,requests for covered picnic tables, quality play structures,and smaller recreation courts are ignored as they are not within the budget constraints. The bulk of the budget is going for the ball fields,in an area that already has 12 athletic fields within 1/4 mile. Access to the area is very poor,as proposed,off of Atherton,which adds to the traffic already a problem at the roundabout. The parking proposed is not adequate for the size of the park and there are no alternatives except the narrow neighborhood streets. The artificial turf and the six huge lights included with the field certainly do not fit into the category of natural. The light pollution which will be inflicted on the closely situated homes will be enormous. Some houses will have the lights literally in their back yards. This neighborhood already has 12 athletic fields within 1/4 mile. We absorb the lights and traffic from Lakeridge Highschool,the Stafford traffic for all of Luscher and the Hazalia fields. Now there will be the additional traffic for the new golf course and the swim center. This is a residential area with narrow streets which cannot adequately handle this kind of traffic. Stafford Road is a main thoroughfare from the freeway into Lake Oswego and is traveled by many people in the area. Many evenings the traffic is backed up to Childs Road and sometimes clear to the Tualatin River,trying to get through the roundabout. The traffic backed up coming from Lake Oswego often cuts through the neighborhood streets trying to shorten the wait. To say these new facilities are not going to impact traffic for everyone is just plain untrue. In the Mayor's words,"...LOPR continues to focus on constant improvement to the City's parks and recreation system,while providing choices tailored to meet resident's health and wellness needs for people of ALL AGES,economic status and abilities.....I am looking forward to continuing to plan for the future with collaborative public processes...." The process of developing Rassekh Park has certainly not been collaborative and does not accommodate much except those in the community who play organized sports. Lake Oswego may indeed need more ball fields but the development of Rassekh Park as proposed diminishes my faith in the City to look at all aspects and realize ball fields are not the only form of recreation its citizens wish to enjoy. Virginia Boden