UNIVERSITY PARK (CBSDFW.COM) – Neighborhood children are petitioning against Highland Park Independent School District’s $15-$20 million plan to build a new swim center at Curtis Park. The park is considered the summer aquatic, social and recreational hub of University Park.

“We think we should have a say in our community,” one child told CBS 11 News about their petition, which has 500 signatures.

Many neighbors stand in opposition with the children against building the center across from University Park Elementary School.

“I do not support the location of the natatorium,” said one University Park resident, many of who lined up to speak at City Hall. The adults have also started another petition online.

“We don’t think it’s unnecessary to cut down healthy trees that predate the founding of University Park,” said another resident.

Under the proposed plan, Highland Park ISD’s existing 50-year-old facility would be used to add more than 20 new classrooms, supposedly easing over crowding. The city, in turn, would pick up the tab for day-to-day operations

“The benefits, again at the 30,000 foot level are to provide a year-round recreational swim complex for everyone in the community,” said Mace.

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But it seems the community has spoken, and it doesn’t agree that the benefits of a new complex are worth trouble.

“There’s gonna be so much traffic,” one child said. “We are underestimated as kids… and we’re the next generation. And we speak from the heart.”

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