The City of Lafayette, CA wants to pave paradise and turn a half-acre nature oasis, Leigh Creekside Park (LCP), into an upscale, gated playground. Playgrounds are great, but not here. Nine out of ten neighbors and park visitors are opposed; many of them donated money in 1999 to create this quiet city park, to protect trees, the creek and the wildlife habitat.
Proposed plans would cut down trees, rip out modest pathways, excavate into tree roots, install concrete walkways, pour rubber fall-zone mats and erect ~52 ton concrete climbing structure with a bridge to a hunting observation platform, and more.
Environmental concerns include health of trees, the creek and the wildlife habitat. Help protect this pocket of natural beauty in the heart of Lafayette, now, and for future generations. LCP - Let it be.
"The existing park is a valuable asset to the city, given its unique natural features, historic oaks, creek and riparian area. Its location in a quiet neighborhood near downtown that offers respite for the community at large, in a unique peaceful setting." --Steven Batchelder, Arborist and Forester
"The green riparian areas near the creek are little ribbons of habitat used by migrating birds and a lot of our larger mesopredators, such as the mountain lion, coyotes, and the grey fox." --Wildlife biologist, James 'Doc' Hale
"Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses.... In nature a child finds freedom, fantasy, privacy."
-- Richard Louv, "Last Child in the Woods"