The new polyethylene-covered plastic-coated city park in Clayton, California
by James K. Sayre
No more nasty earthworms or any other creepy-crawly things in the soil of the new Grove Park in Clayton, California. No more Robins, Sparrows, Pigeons or other birds in the new Grove Park in Clayton, California. No Dandelions need apply to grow in the new Grove Park in Clayton, California.
The Clayton City Council has decided to cover most of their new one-acre downtown park with a thick layer of plastic: green-colored grass-like polyethylene, and its lubricated with silicone, too...
Is it polyurethane? No. Is it polyvinyl chloride (PVC)? No. It's polyethylene, a new life-like green plastic grass mat that will cover almost an acre of ground in the Grove Park, Clayton, California.
The City of Clayton, located in central Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California, has prided itself as being an "oasis" from the nearby suburban and urban excesses... The Clayton City home page, www.ci.clayton.ca.us/ has a link to a Contra Costa Times newspaper article that described Clayton as an "oasis." No more, with their new plastic covered city park, they will be right up on the cutting edge of degrading the natural environment to save a few bucks on mowing a park's grass...
Perhaps the Clayton City Council should reread Section V: Community Design Element on their website. Objective 2: To maintain landscape and natural vegetation found in Clayton as a means to provide greenery, open spaces, development buffer and rural atmosphere. Somehow, covering most of a new park with polyethylene plastic sheeting will not fulfill any of these listed objectives in my mind.
A plastic covered city park will have 100% rain runoff, with not a drop soaking into the ground.
Clayton is a small upscale community of about ten thousand residents, with house prices ranging from five hundred thousand dollars to over one million dollars. Surely they can pony up the money to maintain a traditional city park with actual natural real grass growing in it, with earthworms, creepy-crawlies, robins, sparrows, and a few dandelions living there.
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