May 23 • 11:23 AM
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Invest in parks’ future, focus on Lapeer County’s natural beauty

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the Feb. 10 editorial regarding the silent non-response to the closing of the county water parks.

I can only speak for myself, of course, and though I did not write a letter to the editor either in favor of or against, I was very upset about the situation. And I think the reason I did not write is because I felt torn. I spent some very enjoyable hours at these water parks with my children, yet I do not think governments, or anyone for that matter, should spend money they don't have, and I know our government bodies are struggling. My hope for these parks is that what can be shuttered, can be unshuttered too, and that at least the General Squier water park might be saved at some point.

While I am writing, I would like to add my applause to those who have written about your wonderful aerial farm photo feature. I am not a native of the area but it cheers me to know that my chosen home has such a wealth of continuity that 50 years later residents can not only unerringly identify the surrounding area but can even date the photo based on the number of cows in the barnyard! This speaks so well for the community.

I would hope that my children's children's children will be able to say, as they play at our county parks, that their grandfather or grandmother played there when they were children too. They will only be able to do that if we raise the funds necessary to keep the parks open and functioning.

My other reservation regarding the water parks was, and is, that they are high-maintenance and quickly wear out. Torzewski is, what, only 20 years old and is already considered to be out-of-date and in need of much renovation. Given the wealth of natural beauty in Lapeer County, I wonder if we can't do better by concentrating our tax dollars on preserving these resources rather than maintaining a lot of plastic gimcrackery.

Beaches and softball diamonds, nature trails and sledding hills would be a better use of our money, and 50 years from now, when we look at aerial photos from the beginning of the 21st century, we can say, 'oh, that's General Squier Park, I'd know it anywhere.'

Thanks for your concern.

—Janis Grant


Janis Grant
February 17, 2010

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