No Dangerous On-Street Parking at Breezewald Park
On Monday, May 16th, the Lake Zurich Village Board of Trustees may vote to approve an agreement with Chicagoland Paving for North Old Rand Road On-Street Parking Improvements.
As Residents of Lake Zurich, we oppose this project for the following reasons:
-Driver Safety: Old Rand Road curves and the elevation dips by Breezewald park, this causes a lack of visibility and makes it very dangerous for cars backing out from the proposed parking, and cars driving on Old Rand Road.
-Pedestrian and children safety: Similarly, due to the lack of visibility around the proposed parking spots, pedestrians, kids, pets, and bicyclists who are walking or riding to, from, and around the park and the playground would be at risk.
-Value of Nature: The value of our public parks is to have the green space for the community to enjoy nature. The plants and animals living in the park have an intrinsic value that we must protect. Healthy, mature trees will be removed to make space for these overpriced parking spots. Saplings are a poor substitute for old growth trees. Nature at the park also adds beauty to our downtown area, parking is just an eyesore and limits visibility of the lake from downtown. The view of the park and the lake while residents bike or drive down Old Rand Road is one of the prettiest sights in all of Lake Zurich.
-Private Profit over Community Benefit: Additional parking at Breezewald Park is motivated by the operation of Sunset Pavilion, effectively putting business profits over the ability of the community to enjoy publicly funded parks. The Sunset Pavilion already limits the area of the park accessible to the public, and this parking proposal will further limit the area the community can enjoy.
16 new parking spots aren't worth the dangers and the losses of the proposed construction. There is already safe parking in downtown LZ that families have used and can continue to use to access the park.
Please join us at the Board Meeting on Monday, May 16th at 7 pm, in the basement of Village Hall to add your opposition during the public comment section. Add your name to this petition
Thank you for your support,
Lake Zurich Residents Laura Bohorquez, Katie Herzog
Here is the Village description of the plan: