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Ventura Community Center park reopens with new equipment

Original post made on Jun 26, 2013

The Ventura Community Center's playground officially reopened at a ribbon cutting ceremony June 21 with new structures, updated equipment and newly planted trees.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 24, 2013, 10:49 AM

Comments

Posted by Jim, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jun 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm

My Child goes to STCDC. I tried to find what chemicals were used to control the weeds in the grass. The Palo Alto city Website 's news reports are two years old. From them it looked like they use Roundup which is an extremely dangerous neurotoxin to humans and animals.

I for one, would like to see an updated report and posting on the playground of what was used and the date of last use as well as a Prop 65 Warning Sign.

Jim
jf@shibboleth.com


Posted by No surprise there, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 27, 2013 at 1:26 pm

No surprise thar the city would use roundup. it is cheap, easy to find, and can be bought in large containers.

What is a shock is that it is still legal in California. I know first-hand that it is toxic to dogs, cats, horses, and cattle. Having grown up in a rural community, I have seen it poured straight out of the bottle (!) in order to kill the grub worms and other parasites that can burrow into the skin of cattle (still wanna eat beef?). If used this way on a young calf, Roundup will cause serious neurological damage or death.

Some states, including Connecticut, have banned Roundup. Why "environmentally astute". California has not is beyond me. I do not want MY kids playing on any turf that has been sprayed with it. I have already lost a horse that unwittingly grazed on weeds that had recently been sprayed with the stuff ( it takes a while for the foliage to turn brown). Children cannot be replaced!