Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Elysian Valley & Cypress Park: Playing Sports Shouldn't Endanger Your Health
Metrolink Rail Yard Pollution Meeting TONIGHT

Photo: Grove Pashley, November 13, 2011.  Kids and adults play sports at the Cypress Park Recreation Center, 100 feet from the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

Studies show that children who play 3 or more sports near sources of Diesel Particulate Matter (like freeways and rail yards), are at increased risk of asthma and decreased lung development.  The landmark USC Children's Health Study is just the tip of the iceberg.

Photo: Grove Pashley, November 13, 2011.  Metrolink trains idle, 7 days a week, around the clock, often for hours, a few hundred feet from homes in Elysian Valley & Cypress Park. 
While the studies say they don't want to discourage kids from playing sports, there are few alternatives for many in the community as so many of our parks and playing fields are within 1000' of freeways and in this case, the Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility. 

Metrolink officials, including Metrolink CEO John Fenton, will respond to community outcry over the air & noise pollution from their maintenance facility at a meeting tonight.  Click here for flyer.