The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 22, 2013

Community support to fix, maintain city parks still strong

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Sometimes, you need a good rewrite.

You can have the best intentions, but the first attempt may fall short of the mark. And, excuse the cliché, you need to go back to the drawing board.

In the wake of the failed $50 million Quality of Life proposal, Enid Park Board members issued a memorandum to Enid City Commission, outlining the advisory board’s priorities for parks.

The memo, titled “Resetting Enid Parks Priorities,” was approved by the Park Board during the board’s recent meeting, then forwarded to the city manager’s office and city commissioners.

The consensus? Community support to fix and maintain city parks remains strong. That’s really encouraging.

“If I’m getting anything from the public, it’s that parks is an area where they want things back in order,” Park Board Chairman Matt Davis said. “I think there’s some possibility for funding, and I think that’s something we haven’t pushed enough.”

The Park Board memo suggested setting parks priorities with three underlying principles:

• “We should take care of what we have.”

• “We should finish what we started.”

• “We should do so within our means over a period of years, while continuing to actively pursue grants and outside funding.”

Everyone knows we need better parks. Outside Garfield County, we don’t want the perception from outsiders that we oppose improved quality of life.

City Manager Eric Benson said he is very encouraged by the park advisory board’s submission, and so are we. This is a step in the right direction.