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Re: “In treehouse dispute, blogger's bite matches her bark


There are many people who are angry about people like you. For one, I am angry, appalled and disgusted that some of the residents of regent square--which I previously perceived to be a forward thinking neighborhood--would so adamantly oppose the construction of a public tree house in turtle park.
I will tell you one thing, and thats that Amy is anything but angry.
She has handled this ordeal with the most care and understanding out of any of us. If you even took a minute to read her blog you would see that.

"That's all I've ever wanted - to be positive, allow everyone to voice their opinions and to do what's best for EVERYONE - and I mean that."
--from her blog, callapitter

It is not your place to judge where Amy is with her stage of grief, and to say things so spitefully and without knowledge of who you are commenting on is absurd.
We are adults involved in this expansion, not kids throwing mud at each other in the schoolyard, so to speak.

A gift to the community should never be as ill-received as this and I am completely in shock that the neighbors who I grew up with would be so callous as to disrespect a memorial to two beautiful children and to refuse such a gorgeous gesture from Amy and all her supporters.

I also implore you to read the Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory Blog entry on the subject, as the Kate and Peter memorial tree-house is only a part of a larger project-- "The concept is part of a larger effort to construct a new Environmental Center in Frick Park with supporting outdoor learning spaces throughout the park."

The tree-house is described as being a subtle addition to the area which is meant to blend in with the surrounding environment and "...provide places to learn about nature in a playful setting."

And in regards to your dedication to Henry Clay Frick, which is understandable to an extent, I may add that the addition of said tree-house would not cheapen or lessen the value of the preexisting monument, and wouldn't even be that close to it.
If anything, the area looks more like a cemetery as it is now because hardly any children ever play in it as there is nothing of interest there! Is a patch of grass with a cement turtle on it really that sacred to you, anyway?

This is a chance to add a great addition to the park area that would allow all children to enjoy turtle park, while paying well-deserved respects to Kate and Peter.

I seriously don't understand why residents have such a problem over all this considering how MUCH of frick park there is to walk your dog in and to avoid the sound of children playing... if that's what you want, anyway.
how many people who oppose this addition actually go to to turtle park on a daily basis anyway? or at all?

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Posted by combatraccoon on 05/27/2010 at 5:18 PM

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