There have been a number of questionable actions by UA council in the past with respect to land use, but the recent proposal to consider taking a significant portion of a well-used, general purpose public park for a single-use activity that does not necessarily serve the surrounding community is by far the most puzzling.

To the Editor:

There have been a number of questionable actions by UA council in the past with respect to land use, but the recent proposal to consider taking a significant portion of a well-used, general purpose public park for a single-use activity that does not necessarily serve the surrounding community is by far the most puzzling.

While most past decisions have been an attempt to weigh public impact against the need to ensure revenue flow for a land-locked municipality, this consideration more starkly puts the interests of the few against the interests of the surrounding community in general. And while it's very considerate that the special interests involved are willing to subsidize this undertaking to the tune of $200,000, that only highlights the fact that the interests of the few backed by money are working to the disservice of the surrounding community.

Bluntly put, this consideration should proceed no further. This is a well-used public park, the only relatively large public use space serving that area of UA, and as such, should not be compromised in a way that specifically services the special wants of a small number to the disadvantage of the community that it truly serves.

This is a typically quiet and low-key space. ... In addition to the draw of vehicular traffic, the presence of a boisterous crowd active around multiple athletic venues would be totally out of character for the space and, generally speaking, disruptive to the many who presently use this park.

This is a really bad idea.

Robert Foulk

Upper Arlington