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Ewert and other residents throughout the city have come out against the plans and started a website, savegrafpark.org, along with posting opposition signs throughout the city in an attempt to derail the plans.
Sandy and Rod Larson, who also live near the park, are dead set against the plans.
"I walk in the park every day, and I bring my grandkids," Sandy Larson said. "It's very convenient, and it's green space. I would hate to see that taken up by a building and a big parking lot and all of this asphalt. I wouldn't come to this park surrounded by driveways... There's going to be so much traffic."
Rod Larson said he also is concerned about the additional traffic the early learning center would generate.
"There's going to be twice as much traffic going up and down here," he said.
School district officials contend that would not be the case.
"The amount of traffic for early learning would not increase as it would be the same number of students, buses, etc.," district information about the proposal stated. "Monroe and Jefferson currently have varied start and end times and those would not change. The hours at Monroe are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the hours at Jefferson are 9:15 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. The district will still need to conduct a traffic study and identify any potential changes that might need to be made to help with flow of traffic around the school site, but the overall traffic flow will be the same."