The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 22, 2013

Let’s build a consensus when contemplating building parks


Enid News and Eagle

— Last month’s defeat of the Quality of Life Initiative should not doom future funding for parks.

It’s obvious that Enid residents want better attention paid to our local parks, but the city needs to do a significant amount of listening for consensus building.

The Enid Park Board recently approved a plan calling for the city to dedicate $3 million per year toward improving parks.

The proposal of taking care of what we have, finishing what we started and doing so within our means over a period of years (while continuing to actively pursue grants and outside funding) sounds good on paper.

New Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser has proposed spending an additional $750,000 on parks.

“That is not a radical departure from the city’s spending,” Chairman Matt Davis said.

On April 15, Park Board member Hallie Caldwell moved the Park Board proposal be sent to Enid City Commission.

Before voting the Park Board plan up or down, please take some time to solicit additional input from stakeholders. It’s important to get everyone — the Enid Joint Recreation Triad (EJRT) Inc., Enid Soccer Club and Denny Price Family YMCA — on board.

The Park Board proposal sounds promising, but please allow the plan to percolate before any rapid commitments are made.