Also, is there a rule that the only 'community' served by a park is the community within walking distance? Does it matter if students and/or soccer players are driving in from other areas? Since Durham is largely an automobile-based community, I think it would be hard to argue that something is only a part of your community if you can walk to it. For example, I live out in the country and definitely consider 9th Street and Downtown to be my 'community.' So, this idea that the children at the school are not part of the community if they drive in (and by the way whoever said that they are 'bussed in' is totally incorrect) is just silly.
BUT, if we ARE going to define community that way, and say that a park only belongs to the neighborhood it is in, then we really should just survey that neighborhood and call it a day.
Why don't we just put it to a vote? Or an impartially conducted survey?
It sounds like everyone is guessing what this neighborhood wants, and the best thing to do would be to ask. Also, El Kilombo is angry that in the initial survey only interviewed 6 Latino residents, which implies that the survey was racist, but do we have stats on what percentage of the neighborhood is Latino? For all we know, Latino soccer players are coming in from other neighborhoods. It sounds like we need some accurate information here.
It also sounds like we have a small group of student activists and one soccer coach claiming that a vast majority of people want to use the field for league soccer, and a rather large group (including the School, the African American Dance Ensemble, Old North Durham Park and Duke Park neighborhood associations and El Centro) who want it to be developed into a lively community park. So... why don't we just put it to a neighborhood vote?
Easy peasy. Problem solved.
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