|To the Editor: Citizens of First Ward pleased with park plans|
|Written by Bowling Green First Ward Residents|
|Thursday, 24 October 2013 10:36|
Amid the recent flurry of letters and articles on issues related to the upcoming election, a very positive action by our City Government has gone without much public notice and praise. We wish to correct that situation now.
The decision by City Council to buy the Ridge Street School, to demolish the building and to dedicate the property for use as a park is one of the most significant actions the City has ever taken on behalf of the citizens of the First Ward and, by extension, those of the entire City. This is green space that area residents have long used for informal recreation during non-school hours, so it is extremely gratifying to know that the opportunity for such use, by children and adults alike, will continue.
As many of us have argued before, the problems of the east side of Bowling Green are all too often ignored. In that context, it is very important to us that the City has acted to improve one aspect of our neighborhood. All of the other alternatives that might be imagined for the vacated Ridge School would have led to gradual building deterioration or to destructive efforts to re-zone the property for some use not compatible with the residential character of the area.
So, kudos to the City for taking this action and, especially, to those individuals who took the initiative on our behalf in order to make this happen. Thank you.
Bowling Green First Ward Residents from Prospect, Evers, Ridge, Summit and Main streets: Dale and Barbara Arnold, Les and Sue Barber, Julie Broadwell, Norma Christen, Alice Davidson, George and Irene Farr, Christen Giblin, Linda and Margaret Kerr, Neocles and Vassiliki Leontis, Carolyn Moore, John and Betsy Roberts, Jered and Abigail Russell, Rob and Nancy Spence, Deborah Tell
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