September 23, 2009 How unfortunate for the residents of Lapeer County and the area that they will not have access to a safe, maintained General Squier Park this fall and winter.
Citing budget issues and lack of public support, Lapeer County Commissioners decided to shelve the usual fall and winter recreational opportunities at General Squier to save money. The ultimate goal, they say, is to take a new direction with the county parks; to determine what they need to become in order to be "self-sustaining."
That won't matter much to kids who want to sled or skate this winter. General Squier's popular, lighted sledding hill will be dark—the pond unshoveled and possibly unsafe.
As always seems to be the case with governmental budget issues, the taxpayers usually take the hit when things get lean by way of decreased services and/or increased costs. In this case, commissioners have no plan to ask for additional funding for the parks—and taxpayers would likely reject any such request outright. It's understandable that park services aren't as important as, say, road crews, but it is unfortunate that a combination of budget woes and priorities result in one less recreational option for area families. We hope commissioners won't close the doors permanently on county parks and urge residents to help set the new direction. Contact your commissioner and let them know what you think.