The loss of O'Donnell Park will affect all Parks

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Last Tuesday the Parks Energy & Environment Committee, (PE&E), of the County Board pushed through a resolution that can be described at best as bizarre! It was a substitute resolution replacing one that called for fixing the roof of O’Donnell Park, and gathering a group of park advocates to explore possible enhancements to the park. Both of these resolutions were discussed at the February full board meeting, then sent back to committee.

The resolution to fix the roof was voted down, and the substitute resolution put forth by Supervisor Steve Taylor passed on a four to three vote, meaning it goes to the full board Thursday, March 26th. This resolution calls for declaring the park “surplus” as if it’s a worn-out work truck, and asking developers to bid on the park!

Declaring the park surplus is a necessary step, we’re told, to explore possible private developments on this priceless park land, or in divesting of the park altogether.

What we’re not told, without some prodding, is all that parking revenue is IMMEDIATELY diverted from the Parks Department once the park is declared surplus. This revenue subsidizes all other park operations. At close to $2 million a year, that leaves a big hole in the Parks budget! This reduction in revenue will cost our park system HUNDREDS of park maintenance workers.

YOUR PARK WILL BE AFFECTED IF O'DONNELL IS DECLARED SURPLUS AND ULTIMATELY SOLD TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER!

If you don't want to see our park system suffer from poor public policy and a further reduction in care and maintenance please contact your supervisor and tell him/her that this will set a dangerous precedent. Your park may be next!

Let’s Keep O’Donnell Park Public!

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The Park People believe that public parks enrich our lives and communities. Whether one is biking along a path, pushing a child in a swing, or merely cherishing a view, our daily lives benefit from our park experiences.