I was just informed by a friend of mine that grew up in Oak Park, just like myself, that 50 trees will be cut down in Field Park to make room for an Olympic size soccer field. While I support soccer fields and space for children to play, I must say we have more than enough in Oak Park already. And looking to the world outside of Oak Park; we need to sustain our old trees rather than have even more space for soccer fields.

I am currently working for Greenpeace, largely due to the activism and environmentalism I always felt was apart of my Oak Park childhood. I inform people of the constant deforestation throughout the world everyday. It would be a disgrace to me to know that Oak Park is taking part in global deforestation. This is my hometown. These are the trees of the planet. Keep them around.

Sophia Stith

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