Park expansion a great opportunity

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: January 8 2014 | 2:42 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:49 am in

We read with great interest and excitement in the Jan. 1 Cedar Rapids Gazette about Linn County’s plan to acquire 71 acres of land as an addition to Morgan Creek County Park (“Supervisors eye Morgan Creek Park”).

This letter is in strong support of this proposal. Acquisition of additional open spaces for public use and enjoyment is critical to our future well-being and quality of life. Even though the cost of this proposed acquisition appears to be significant at this time, the future return on this investment will far exceed today’s financial expenditure. The future benefits to us and to the Linn County community include added recreational opportunities, critical ecological functions, increased quality of life including fitness and wellness, and enhanced economic values.

We agree with the Board of Supervisors, especially Supervisors Brent Oleson, Ben Rogers and Linda Langston, who were quoted in the article, that this is a very strategic and visionary opportunity. Let’s not allow this to become an opportunity lost.

We certainly want to also acknowledge Supervisors Lu Barron and John Harris for their support and commitment for conservation. We anticipate their support for this valuable open space-acquisition.

We urge supervisors to follow through and make this open-space acquisition happen.

Casey and Leslie Hoyt

Robins

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