to Greece Town Board
September 18, 2001
Submitted by Annie O’Reilly,
POINTS TO CONSIDER REGARDING THE
PROPOSED SOCCER COMPLEX AND THE GREECE MASTER PLAN
Members of the Greece Town Board:
As I was walking yesterday in Greece
Canal Park I noticed this pheasant feather. I thought of the pheasant and the
scores of finches I saw and the wild turkeys and the hundreds of migrating birds
who stop to rest in Greece. And then I thought of my brother who lost his home
last Tuesday in Battery Pl. and the anguish in not being able to go back. That
is what will happen to so much wildlife if we build the soccer complex in and
near the Greece Canal Park and if we do not have a serious green space plan. I
urge you to postpone voting on the Master Plan. I strongly recommend, as a
longtime resident of Greece, that
the alternative plan that was presented to you in August by Barbara Pierce be
- Greece does not have adequate park land for a population of about 100,000
The Greece Master Plan was based on the false assumption that we have an
excess of 4,000 acres of open space. In the Braddock Bay area, 2,000 of those
acres are under water or marsh land. Also, very small parks as well as
playgrounds were added in.
Greece Canal Park is the least developed and most used park in Greece –
it needs to continue to be used for passive recreation.
The 490 acres that were sold to Greece by Kodak was bought with Greece
taxpayer money, not with our town supervisor’s money. So, I beg of you to
bring this issue to the taxpayers and let us decide what to do with our land.
Greece has an agricultural heritage because of farms like the Elmgrove
Fruit Farm which is situated on the 490 acres. There are many enterprising
things done on farms today that do not subsist on crops. Mazes, tours of farms,
afternoon teas, hay rides and many other ventures are proving that it is
profitable to a town to preserve its farmland.
Genesee Land Trust has found that green open space adds value to existing homes.
We can capitalize
on the fact that Greece is an important bird area. Let’s use the talents
of our citizens and seize this wonderful opportunity to put Greece on the map in
a way we can be very proud of!
have much toxic waste in Greece due to Kodak and other industries. We owe it
to our health and the health of our children to purify the air as only trees
and fallow fields can. The Arbor Day Foundation stated in its July 2001
newsletter: “…the loss of forests contribute to less wildlife diversity,
a reduction of air and water quality, the loss of future wood products and
other environmental problems. For suggestions on how to change the trend and
other information on fragmentation, visit www.sampsongroup.com.”
plan wisely. The Sierra Club says “Poorly planned development is threatening
our environment, our health, and our quality of life. Sprawl scattered
development increases traffic, saps local resources and destroys open space.”
Conservation easements and development easements should be available to
landowners in Greece so they can be encouraged to preserve farmland and wooded
There are many agencies that are
ready and willing to help us in our efforts such as the Genesee Land Trust,
American Farmland Trust, Nature Conservancy and many others. Let’s use their
expertise! I am willing to speak to anyone on this issue. Please contact
me. Thank you for your time.