On August 25, 2016, the Dayton City Paper published a news report on the “death of Garden Station…”. Staff writers Sarah Sidlow, Tim Walker, and Ben Tomkins took opinion on the subject of Garden Station’s recent eviction notice from the City of Dayton. The Sierra Club joined the effort to stop City Properties Group LLC from Louisville Kentucky from signing the lease on the property by circulating an action alert to Sierra Club members in SW Ohio.
The lease on the community based, volunteer run, “green” space expired for Garden Station on October 31, 2016. Some advice offered to stop the expansion was to request the City of Dayton to utilize the City of Dayton Department of Parks and Recreation to purchase the lease, to contact the Five Rivers MetroParks independently of other City of Dayton requests to buy- in the lease agreement for Garden Station to remain a garden park. One other suggestion was albeit last minute; call attention to noise pollution from the nearby B&O Railroad that is known to complicate health issues for nearby residents and business. Noise pollution can contribute to stress related illnesses and heart disease. If investigation from City officials yield news that noise could bring issue to the expansion, some question as to the health of new occupants would then suggest reason to stop the commercial expansion.
Thank you to everyone who called the City of Dayton and answered the call to support the Sierra Club in defending Garden Station in writing letters and signing the action alert. Actions like this do not go unnoticed. Our message remains a strong one; sustainable, “green” infrastructure projects like Garden Station with greenhouses, rain barrels and 100% recycling projects are important to residents, tourists and children who learn from them and enjoy them in urban settings.
Read the article in the “Debate Forum 10/25” section of the Dayton City Paper in the hyperlink below:
Scott Bushbaum – Sierra Club – Miami Group Executive Committee “Dayton Connections”