Community Concerns Rise Over Proposed Ballot Measure to Remove Local Woods from Parks Department

They paved paradise to put up a parking lot

In a prelude to the upcoming November 7 ballot, concerned citizens in the Kansas City/Clay County area have raised alarm about a proposed measure that seeks to remove a wooded area between N. Oak and the curvy section of Holmes, just north of Macken Park, from the jurisdiction of the Parks Department. The outcome of this vote could potentially open the door for development in this natural space, leading to the removal of woods, trees, and wildlife, as well as potential construction and urbanization.

The issue came to light in a community discussion that this lil rock explored on social media. Local denizens expressed the worry about the potential removal of a beloved natural space, describing it as a "wild and beautiful little space" that deserves to be preserved.

The ensuing comments revealed a mix of concerns and speculations. Questions were raised about the ownership of the area in question, which falls under the jurisdiction of KC Parks and Rec. Jane Pruett Scott expressed her surprise at the potential decision to relinquish control over this wooded area, pondering whether it could lead to more high-density housing development. Lisa Correu, emphasized the aesthetic and ecological value of the green space. The woodland currently serves as a refuge for various animals and a pleasant drive through the neighborhood.

The conversation also delved into the impact of recent development projects on local wildlife habitats. Tina Marie Denton lamented that some areas, including Billygoat Hill, had already seen significant destruction of wildlife habitats. Deer were reportedly driven into residential areas due to the ongoing alterations. Another participant, Lennie Nelson, recounted the negative effects of recent development on the local environment, including increased highway noise and disturbances to wildlife. Lennie pointed out that the removal of trees had even affected local weather conditions. Tara Marie, a fellow resident, expressed her strong opposition to the proposed changes, sharing the sentiment that the local community should resist any developments that would alter the natural beauty of the area.

Elmer Mccall, who lives near the proposed area, underscored the importance of preserving wildlife habitats. He mentioned that city-owned land east of Chouteau and north of 210 was already suffering from overcrowding, resulting in deer hunting as a measure to control the population.

Teri James urged fellow residents to vote "NO" on the ballot question, emphasizing the need to protect the woods visible from NKC. Cathy Stuber Bartlow Sailsbury questioned the repeated land developments in Kansas City, emphasizing the importance of maintaining green spaces. She lamented the loss of trees and its impact on the local ecosystem. Jason Cote, on the other hand, expressed support for the development, suggesting potential benefits for the school district and the area.

Keep in mind that we must delve into the financial aspects, developers could stand to profit substantially if the proposal passes, especially in light of the possibility of a new stadium in the NKC area.

The ballot measure in question has sparked a vigorous debate in the local community, reflecting the passion of residents who are deeply concerned about the fate of their natural surroundings. As November 7 approaches, the outcome of this vote will determine the future of this cherished wooded area, and whether it will remain a haven for wildlife and a green oasis within the urban landscape. As the community discussion continued, we urge residents not to be swayed by typical political maneuvers and to vote with careful consideration of the potential consequences.