I was born and raised in Clintonville -- I live here, I work here, I play here, and I love this community. I am disheartened by discussions that I hear in regards to adding a U-shaped driveway in front of the newly renovated Whetstone Recreation Center. I have had the privilege of being an active part of a community development program in our Clintonville community, the Clintonville Neighborhood Development Plan.

I was born and raised in Clintonville -- I live here, I work here, I play here, and I love this community. I am disheartened by discussions that I hear in regards to adding a U-shaped driveway in front of the newly renovated Whetstone Recreation Center. I have had the privilege of being an active part of a community development program in our Clintonville community, the Clintonville Neighborhood Development Plan.

The first three phases of this community discussion and planning time have found much general consensus on community priorities, including maintaining and maximizing community green space, protecting areas of historical or aesthetic value, and creating a more walkable and bikeable community.

Why, then, is there still discussion of adding a U-shaped driveway in front of the Whetstone Recreation Center?

The proposal for the U-shaped driveway is counter-intuitive to ALL of the community priorities developed by members of Clintonville. Who is not listening? It does not show truth, foresight or wisdom to ask a community "what is most important to you?" and then create a project that smacks in the face of the community's answer.

That kind of action undermines community grassroots efforts at community improvement and leaves community members with a "that was a waste of my time and effort" feeling.

A U-shaped driveway is unnecessary, unsafe, and would utterly destroy the positive aesthetic of the front of the Whetstone library and recreation center.

Those who want to utilize the recreation center have more than adequate parking arrangements in the back. Also, consider the risk to children and bikers who attempt to navigate through the parked and moving cars that would be a constant presence in the driveway.

Really, is our community too lazy to drive around the back of the recreation center to park or drop off children? If we don't have the energy to do that, perhaps we are too lazy for a recreation center altogether. Perhaps a McDonald's or a Taco Bell would suit us better?