The City of Petaluma is currently holding negotiations with the Sonoma-Marin Fair board over the future of the fairground property. The city would like to see the land generate more revenue, while the fair wants an extension of its current lease, which gives it ultimate authority over the property. A small majority of those who took part in this week’s online poll agreed that the fair should maintain its lease.
Here were some of the comments:
“Make it into baseball fields so this city with great baseball heritage can accommodate the players.”
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“Leave it alone. It’s exactly what it should be. It’s part of Petaluma’s history.”
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“No more housing. We don’t even have the resources to support the people already here. The last thing Petaluma needs is more people.”
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“Redesign the site for more efficient use by the fair. Remove the bus lot, add a park, renovated Herzog Hall, recreate the space for Live Oak Charter School, create a space for another preschool, remove the race track and add an outdoor amphitheater.”
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“I would like to see that use expanded to where all facilities are used to their fullest.”
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“This town is all about agriculture so leave the fairgrounds be.”
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“Open space, a park, some place for families and community to gather, interact, create and play. Not a convention center not another mall not a hotel and not a housing development.”
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“Don’t add to the nightmare on East Washington Street.”
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“Four words: Live Oak Charter School.”