I notice that Kinpark on Trout Creek is currently being torn up and apparently a sidewalk being put in.
I think the core issue here is having park planning done by those who do not use the parks, but sit at a desk with a budget and resources and think up more and more costly projects and activities that will use up hours of person power, may look good on paper or in a theory book, but in reality are absolutely a waste of resources and certainly ruinous of the natural beauty of St Marys.
The sidewalk will join the other junk — thinking of the past — an excess of park benches that no one ever sits on, and those incredibly ugly cobalt blue picnic tables along Riverwalk that no able person can even get into to sit on them. Has anyone ever seen anyone using them?
I live across from Kinpark and use it every day and continuously see many others use it every day in all weather. It’s a beautiful spot in town. I am not sure how putting a sidewalk in will enhance anyone’s experience in the park, except diminish the open grassland and scenic beauty of the park itself (now dissected by gravel and cement) as well as diminish the site of one of our historic railway trestle bridges.
And what about winter maintenance?
Meanwhile there is still no permanent pen for the swans, which could be built in Kinpark on Trout Creek very cheaply, quickly and appropriately. The lack of a pen led to the death of one of the swans a few years ago because someone in Parks and Recreation made a typically reckless, random and irresponsible decision to tear down the old swan pen. No one is accountable, of course.
My disappointment in seeing the continual random use of town resources is led by the overall affection I have for St. Marys in general. It may well be a town worth living in, as I can attest for the last 20 years here; however, we need more rational thinking, perhaps a soupçon of consultation and definitely clearer project priorities on the part of the people who head these departments and spend the budgets.
Meanwhile taxes, as well as staff salaries and benefits, continue to rise. We residents read about these increases in the paper (fait accompli). In the end the taxpayer pays, but has little or no affect on how resources are spent. It’s sad really.