Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 13:21:11 -0800
Subject: Another reason to come to Tuesday's Assembly meeting: Woronzof land swap
PLEASE ATTEND LAND SWAP ASSEMBLY HEARING TOMORROW NIGHT!
PROTECT OUR EXISTING COASTAL TRAIL & POINT WORONZOF PARK!
The Assembly will hold a public hearing TOMORROW NIGHT, Tuesday, June 23rd, on AO 2015-69 — a proposed ordinance that would approve a Memorandum of Agreement between the Municipality of Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Agreement. This agreement would commit the Muni to sponsor a ballot proposition no later than 2017 to undedicate Point Woronzof Park, with the purpose of then trading it to the Airport in a land swap. You can testify at Tuesday's hearing, or on August 25th (see below).
Please also send a message to all Assembly members at email@example.com.
At last Friday's Assembly Work Session, it was announced the public hearing will open on June 23rd, but it will be continued to August 25th. Please attend tomorrow's meeting (no later than 7:30 p.m.), even if you don't plan to testify. We want to send a strong message to the Assembly to vote NO on AO 2015-69 & reject trading OUR Coastal Trail and Dedicated Parkland to the Airport!
The public has strongly opposed a comprehensive land trade numerous time during the past that would allow the Airport to acquire Point Woronzof Park. This irreplacable coastal community asset west of the Airport is 191 acres of natural open space dedicated parkland, where approximately 3/4 mile of the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail is located adjacent to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge. The "permanent dedicated" park was created in 1994, as a specific condition of a compromise land agreement between the city and the Airport to protect that section of the trail and greenbelt from incompatible Airport development.
Even if the Airport never builds another runway that would completely destroy the land and existing trail, if they have ownership, they would have total control of this parkland and could cut off public access to the trail at any time, install fencing, clear cut the trees, lease the land for airport-related development, etc. Tell the Assembly: Don't give away OUR permanent, dedicated parkland and Coastal Trail!
For info: Contact Cathy Gleason, firstname.lastname@example.org, 248-0442.