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Nealon Dog Park: Request to Keep Open Space for our Children

From: domainremoved <Lauren>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:45:26 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council,

My name is Lauren Uyeshiro, and I live on College Avenue, several houses up
from El Camino and a close walking distance to Nealon Park. We have two
small children, one of whom (the toddler) goes to Nealon Park every single
day that she is not in daycare. It is an incredibly important part of our

I would like to start by thanking you for your work for our city. My
family and I passionately love living here, and we know that much of the
aspects we love best are the fruits of your work. We are incredibly

I understand that you are considering turning the open space in Nealon Park
into a dog park, and I am writing to tell you that I deeply oppose this
option. Our toddler, Alexandra, loves the open space. She runs back and
forth for the sheer joy of running. She picks up acorns from the trees and
collects them in her cup. She is learning how to kick a ball.

Having that space located between the Big Kid Playground and the Little Kid
Playground is a key part of our day. It's the chance meanders while
Alexandra goes between the playgrounds that makes the magic happen.

I am a deep believer that open unstructured play is incredibly important.
Unstructured play happens when kids just interact with the world as it,
rather than play with a toy or structure with a specific purpose. While
the playgrounds are so beloved in our family, it's the open space that
invites Alexandra to use her imagination and learn how to interact with the
world on her own terms. Please let us keep it.

With thanks,
Lauren Uyeshiro
709 College Ave
Menlo Park

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Lauren Uyeshiro <http://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenuyeshiro>
(650) 400-5929
Received on Wed Nov 11 2015 - 10:47:14 PST

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