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September 18, 2013

KITCHELL: Selling parks maybe not a great idea

It’s been discussed before, with some sound reasoning.

Why not get rid of some of the city parks Logansport has and focus on a few of the larger ones?

For starters however, some “parks” maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department aren’t really what most people think of as a park at all. Let’s take Memorial Park at the west edge of the Market Street bridge for instance. It’s not a place where children can enjoy a playground or a family can have a picnic. It’s the type of property that really should be under the auspices of the Public Works Department, the combined forces of the former Street Department and Cemetery Department. Memorial Park honors the war dead, and if it’s eliminated, at least its intent should be reflected somewhere else in the community.

Then there’s the issue of places such as Heritage Park downtown. Through the efforts of Heritage Preservation Gala held at the Cass County Memorial Center for several years, that park was established. If it’s sold, that’s a little less green space for downtown if it’s demolished. And what about the fountain in the middle? It’s over a century old and was completely redone about a decade ago. Should something that’s been in the community that long suddenly become available on eBay if the park is sold?

Burkhart Park was added during the Vernon administration. It, too, is not a park in the traditional sense, but it’s located at one of the focal point intersections of the community. It was part of an agreement with Burkhart Advertising.

Dunwoody Park is a quiet, little-used park on the Eel River just a couple of blocks from Riverside Park. It could use more amenities, but it also could be the location of a once-discussed “bark park,” a place to walk dogs or let canines run any time of the year.

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