|To the Editor: First Ward citizen pleased with Ridge green space decision|
|Written by Dawn Hubbell-Staeble|
|Monday, 21 October 2013 08:43|
I'm a First Ward resident and homeowner. I'm also very pleased with the idea of the Ridge school property becoming Ridge Park. Since the children of this neighborhood are now bussed to Crim, I have been made aware of just how many families with children live on the northeast side. My neighbors with young children are very excited about a park in this neighborhood. This is one of the best things, if not the best thing, the City has done in the last several years. And it is done; Council voted unanimously, 7-0, to convert the Ridge property into a public park. I am disappointed to hear Andrew Schuman's inappropriate offer to buy the property for private purposes over the will of citizens and of city leaders, and for saying he thinks no one wants the Ridge area as green space, a demonstrably false claim.
Without Ridge Park, there is no public park in the northeast of BG. This park will raise property values and attract new families, provide a play-space for children, and provide a gathering space for neighbors to socialize, among other uses. Thank you, City Council and the City Administration, for having the foresight to beautify and improve the neighborhoods on the east side and for being responsive to citizens' wishes.
The decision to make Ridge Park will have incalculable benefits for the community years down the road. I'm very excited this is happening, and I appreciate the initiative and leadership our city leaders have taken on this issue. This is a residential neighborhood and other uses for the property are inappropriate and do not meet as many community needs as a park does. I look forward to the time when the children and residents on the northeast side of town can have this space.
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