HEALTHY and CLEAN LIVING – Parks, Open Space, Water, Air and Land

IMG_1860Take care and improve the quality of current District 6
PARKS, OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION:

  • Focus on continued upkeep and beautification of District 6 parks, preserves and ecological habitats. This entails reviving and expanding the maintenance budget to keep parks clean and repaired for all to enjoy. 
  • Currently, District 6 has no off-leash dog parks. This sorely-needed amenity would be a great addition to the community for the hundreds of dog owners who want to exercise with their pooches safely. We’re seeing too many off-leash dogs in our local parks, where they chase or jump on runners, scare children, and leave something behind when their owner isn’t looking. Better education and enforcement is in order, as well. (And please especially don’t allow your dog to run loose in the newly re-landscaped Miller Bird Refuge.)

Support TRAILS THAT TRULY CONNECT neighbors
to open spaces, cemeteries, events and work places:

  • I’d like to see more trail connectivity and access to open spaces and parks, for example, connecting the various paths in Research Park and the VA to our communities, as well as creating a trail through Bonneville Golf Course to tie together areas above and below the course. Also, we need enforcement of trail and path agreements, specifically, for Mount Olivet Cemetery to allow access to the path from Sunnyside Avenue to 5th South. 
  • District 6 should actively participate in the University’s master plan for paths and trails.
  • Lastly, the City could do a better job maintaining it’s properties in public view, like the Bonneville Golf Course fence line on Foothill Drive and other sidewalk and park strip areas along our roads.

PROTECT YOUR HEALTH and our water and air by working actively for cleaning and monitoring
Red Butte Creek, the VA PCE plume, and other contaminated sites:

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  • Creating a clean and healthy District 6 is important for all of us, and I’d like to see people of all ages feel safe being active in their neighborhoods. Active mobility can help improve personal health and clean up our air; as will reducing idling while in our cars. Let’s spread the word about our anti-idling ordinance.
  • Red Butte Creek has experienced multiple oil spills in the past five years, which affected residents’ health and the natural ecosystem of the creek and the surrounding area.  Salt Lake City officials need to hold these corporate polluters responsible, while ensuring Chevron settlement funds benefit residents of District 6. I want to require financial accountability of the funding to ensure money is specifically to repair the damage that was done and not divided between special interest groups.
  • The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has not yet determined if the cleanup process of the Red Butte Creek was adequate. The location of the spill still needs to be assessed in order to ensure that Salt Lake residents are confident their drinking water is clean and safe for themselves and their pets. More information on the creek and Chevron oil spill can be found here.
  • A large PCE plume is underground in our area, originating from the VA’s old dry cleaning facilities. We need to hold agencies accountable for monitoring and all cleanup activities. As of 2013, it was officially added to the EPA National Priority List of contaminated sites and needs to be taken seriously by city officials. More information on the plume can be found here.

Promote CLEAN AIR AND HEALTH ACTIVITY through work with diverse groups
to reduce idling and increase safe walking to playgrounds, parks, athletic fields and recreation areas:Sunnyside_map

  • Take actions to ensure we have clean air around our parks and recreational areas. Nearly 3,000 students attend East High School, Rowland Hall, and Pingree School every single day.  The number of cars on adjacent roads like Sunnyside Avenue needs to be reduced in order to provide cleaner air as the kids walk to school or work out on the fields during P.E., recess and sports activities.
  • Educate the public and enforce the city’s anti-idling ordinance. Work more closely with Salt Lake and private schools to raise awareness as well as encourage more signage at businesses. By posting more signs associated with anti-idling, our community will decrease emissions as we “turn the key” and become “idle-free.”
  • Incentivize the use of green building residential remodeling and new single- and multi-family construction, (reduce permitting fees, streamline permitting process, work with local legislators to develop the best state codes). Following the guidelines of LEED or Green Building Leadership will create a community that is healthier, safer, and cleaner as environmental design regulations and seismic building regulations are implemented on new construction projects.
  • Using the benefits of HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) to gain funding for multi-family construction and affordable housing projects for Salt Lake City residents.

Foster private/public clean vehicle purchase programs
and INVEST IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EV) charging stations:

  • IMG_2014Coordinate with SLC and private businesses to develop clean vehicle purchase plans, support local businesses in investing in electric vehicle charging stations, and improving public transportation options will help in making the District 6 air cleaner, clearer, and healthier for its citizens. Information on electric vehicles in Utah—including tax credits—can be found at utahelectricvehicles.org; benefits of public electric vehicle charging stations can be found here.


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