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By Mary Harris

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March 12, 2018 (Alpine) - The next meeting of the Alpine Community Plan Update is around the corner. Look for information that will be posted soon here on ACN. People living in Alpine need to attend and let their county representatives know what is on their mind. Let your voices be heard loud and clear ! Tell them what YOU want and what you don't want.Some say that in the next twenty years, Alpine's population may double. Development is on the rise. What do you want to see preserved in Alpine ? What do you value here enough to fight for?

I have many concerns for our little town of Alpine. What style of development would you approve of? Would you prefer as little development as possible, or would you like a Walmart between Starbucks and Viejas Casino?

I am clamoring for a park! Not just another pocket park located on school property where no dogs are allowed. Not a thimble-sized park with no shade. Not a Sports Complex "park" at the middle school. And not a park where 50% of its area is designated for athletic fields. I want a substantial park, a park we can be proud of, as a community. A minimum of 15 acres and hopefully much more. A park which has a good sized dog park located within its boundaries. A space with green grass and big shade trees, a water feature,where we can go and enjoy nature and bring our children and families...a park where there will be no signs saying "No Dogs Allowed."

What do YOU want to see in a park? A Park 4 Alpine invites you to take a survey and express your wishes. If developers get what THEY want, open space in Alpine may become scarce.  One way to preserve green space and habitat for wildlife, plants and people is to create an awesome park. If I could get whatever I wanted in a park, it would be as grand as Balboa Park in San Diego or as beautiful as the park in Portland, Oregon that rises high up over the city with a view of Mount Hood. Naysayers here want to tell us to give up on ever getting a park. We have to go to the meetings that are discussing this and many other issues relevant to us in Alpine. We need to show up to the Alpine Community Plan Update meetings.  They are scheduled as a series of six meetings and we have three to four more to go.  Also, attend the Alpine Community Planning Group that meets monthly at the Community Center next to the library on the fourth Thursday of most months at 6 p.m.

The meetings are announced in the Alpine Community Network and in the Alpine Sun.  You can find the agenda for the monthly meetings printed in the same publications, both online and "hard copy."  I have learned a lot about our community since I have been showing up. I have learned a lot about who sits at the table and represents us. We can make a difference.

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