City can't give park away


Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 11:07 p.m.
Here we go again. It looks like the City Commission has sold us out once more. The issue this time is Northside Park.
If I remember correctly, this park was traded to the city by the county in exchange for some property the city owned and the county wanted, with the provision that it would always be used as a park.
How can the city of Gainesville legally give the park to Wal-Mart even if Wal-Mart were to give the city another piece of property? This clearly shows a lack of integrity on the part of our city commissioners.
This is a well-used park not only by disc golf players, but also by tennis and racquetball players. It probably has the best disc golf course in Florida. I am not a disc golf player, but many times, I see people playing as I pass by.
There are rest rooms, drinking fountains, horseshoe pits, a pavilion and playground equipment for children. It is well suited for people who like to take walks in natural surroundings. There is some belief that the headwaters of Hogtown Creek rise in this park.
The county recently asked the voters to approve a sales tax for recreation. They will not stand much chance of increasing our taxes if some of our parks are given to private business.
It is unconscionable for the city of Gainesville to make this deal. It shows a complete lack of integrity.

Russell W. Furnas,

Gainesville

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