Strip mining the Oval in South Park is a terrible idea. The Oval is the heart of the park and strip mining there would affect a number of nearby venues. These include two children's playgrounds, the children's playhouse and the pony rides. Additionally, the three baseball fields and the football fields wouldn't be able to be used for two or three years. The Oval is also where South Park Community Day is held each year and where the Labor Day Rib Cook-Off is held.
The idea that the county could realize a $3 million windfall from stripping the Oval is problematic. When has a government program run smoothly and under budget? I'm sure that some local politicians would find their campaign coffers increased from donations from the participating mining and trucking companies, but the park itself is another matter. To have hundreds of fully loaded coal trucks rambling through the park and surrounding communities would bring with it dirt, dust, mud and noise, not to mention the wear and tear on the local roads. Yeah, I know, the trucking companies would repair the roads when the job is complete, but what about during the two years of mining?
I find it ironic that an organization that calls itself Friends of South Park would vote in favor of exploring this misguided idea.
First Published October 8, 2013 8:00 PM