|To the Editor: Renewal levy will continue 'great parks'|
|Written by Richard A. Edwards|
|Friday, 26 April 2013 09:13|
Unquestionably one of the key ingredients to the quality of life index for most communities is the overall health and vitality of its parks and recreational services.
Clearly Bowling Green's long history of strong community support for its parks holds special value for residents and visitors alike.
In analyzing why Bowling Green has been so successful with its park system and facilities, two factors are apparent.
First, is the extensive use by citizens of all ages - there is literally some type of program or service which benefits each and every resident.
Second, is the effective blending of voter approved levy support with service fees and private contributions through the BG Parks & Recreation Foundation.
This collaboration of public and private interests is why no additional tax dollars are being requested from homeowners at this time and why the Community Center was built without a separate levy and why the Simpson Garden Park has been so successful.
Last year, the citizens of Bowling Green overwhelmingly supported the construction of a new pool as a replacement for the one built in 1963 and the new Pool and Aquatic facility will now be opening around the first week in June.
Now the voters of Bowling Green are being asked to continue a 50-year tradition of supporting the Parks and Recreation Levy - a 1.4 three-year renewal levy which will provide 30% of the operating funds for our outstanding parks and related facilities and services.
Let's help keep Bowling Green on a positive course with an even brighter future by voting "yes" for "great parks and a great community" on May 7.
Richard A. Edwards
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