Save David Dunlap Observatory and Park

Please sign this petition today and support the continued operation of the Observatory and the preservation of this 190-acre green space. TO The President and Governing Council of the University of Toronto: WHEREAS the University of Toronto is selling the David Dunlap Observatory, located in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Observatory has deep historical, cultural and environmental significance to the residents of Richmond Hill, DDO astronomers, the Royal Astronomical Society and tens of thousands of visitors. WHEREAS the Observatory land has been regenerating for over 70 years and its forests and meadows are now home to deer, fox, coyote and dozens of bird species. WHEREAS the first Black Hole was discovered by Professor Tom Bolton using the 74-inch telescope. The facility is still in demand by numerous astronomers from Canada and Europe. In 2006, DDO astronomers contributed 19 peer-reviewed articles. WHEREAS the DDO land is the largest remaining green space in the Town of Richmond Hill, a community which has grown from 90,000 to 163,000 people in just 10 years. We need this Park! WHEREAS the University of Toronto did not consult with area residents before putting the land up for sale. In January 2007, DDO Director, Peter Martin told the Toronto Star \"There have been no official talks about selling.\" A mere 9 months later, the DDO is on the auction block -- UofT will accept bids from developers until February 15, 2008. WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the University of Toronto to CANCEL THE SALE of the DDO; OR, for the Town of Richmond Hill to protect the entire property through a Heritage Landscape Designation; OR, for the lands to be purchased and protected by a public partnership using local, Provincial and Federal money.


The Richmond Hill Naturalists



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