LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It takes a village to provide upkeep for parks
It takes a village to provide upkeep for parks
In order to better maintain parks in the city of Gresham, it will take a village of volunteers to maintain all the parks if we want to keep enjoying them.
Kudos to City Councilors Karylinn Echols and Jerry Hinton for taking the time to put it out there at a recent listening session on parks.
Jim Card was correct in his assessment that the manpower doesn't exist to maintain the parks. The Gresham Parks Department does what it can with what it has to work with, and I have gotten to know many of them over time. I respect each and every one of them for what they do, so if we want to continue enjoying parks, we will need outside help.
I like to refer to Jim Card as our "garden guru." Besides being the garden director for the beloved Japanese Gardens, Tsusu Island and Ebetsu Plaza, he actually walks the talk by putting in countless hours every month. Those gardens have a group of dedicated people who take the time every Saturday morning to work in them — rain or shine — so others may enjoy what we have.
I don't look at it as work, but actually a chance to have purpose and give back. But we do have fun while we're out there. There is something to be said about weeding, planting and pruning as being therapeutic.
What we need is every park to have its own "garden guru" and a dedicated group of people willing to take the time and keep up their neighborhood park. Its a chance to commune with Mother Nature, be a part of an ever-evolving community, bring out the kids to learn and enjoy at the same time and be a proud stakeholder in something that future generations can enjoy.
My mother used to tell me "Rome wasn't built in a day," but we can get a good start on this venture. It will take a community to see this to reality, but also be a part of knowing it can be achieved.
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