Letters to the Editor
It’s time to take action with our local parks
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The Community Voice:
The deep need for improvements in the “Alicia Park area” is no big secret.
Even so, with that being said, I can't help but wonder, “What happened?”
Please forgive me for saying this, but it is a real eyesore for someone like myself, who recently moved back to Rohnert Park, the city where my fondest childhood memories lie. Most of those memories were spent playing at the park and swimming in the pool. After talking with some of the longtime residents of Rohnert Park, I found their hearts were just as broken as mine and for some time they have wanted to have something done about it.
A few have tried but were unsuccessful because of no fault of their own. At the time of their attempt, there was no money available. Praise be to God for giving them the strength and courage for trying to do something about our broken down park area. I found it really does no good to focus on the negative comments that come with a problem like this, but rather the positive ones.
I also feel those who see and can do, should. Those who can see and do nothing should say nothing. It’s the actions we put forth and the willingness to work hard and not just the words being said that can make the difference.
Why this happened or when this happened to our park is not as important as the biggest questions. How do we as a growing community fix the underline problems? How do we as a caring community come together and support each other and have a constructive conversation about what to do – whether it's sitting in on Parks and Recreation meetings, or lending a helping hand by picking up garbage, pulling weeds and or reporting the graffiti that you see?
If the truth be known, we all bear a little responsibility as citizens in our community and should not take it lightly when it comes to keeping our city safe, clean and beautiful for ourselves and future generations.
I and a few other caring citizens of Rohnert Park came together and went to city hall to the Parks and Recreation meeting and spoke clearly about how we felt and what we’d like to see done.
We were given some great suggestions on how to go about things, which ended up being very helpful.
Hopefully, the decisions we make as a group will determine the short-term outcome of the park and, God willing, a positive one.
The city does have some ideas, but not one in particular, as of yet. So now would be a good time to get involved and let your voice be heard. Which leads me to a question. How many of you would be willing to come together and make a difference?
If you care deeply about our community please think about joining a few of us as we come together and work on cleaning up the park. If you are interested, take note that there will be a gathering at Alicia Park on Monday, March 9, from 1-2 p.m. to talk about getting started.
Hope to see you there.