Voters should maintain investment in parks
On May 21, the voters of our community will have the opportunity to vote on Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Bond, Measure 3–548. Revenue generated by this bond measure will be used to make critical improvements to the parks we are fortunate to enjoy today, and to acquire additional land for future parks and natural areas for those who come after us.
I am urging my fellow citizens to vote yes on this important measure because our parks, natural areas, and recreational facilities set us apart and define our quality of life in Lake Oswego.
We are fortunate to have much enjoyed parks and natural areas amidst our neighborhoods: Westlake Park, Waluga Park, Canal Acres, Bryant Woods, Iron Mountain Park, Millennium Plaza, Foothills Park, George Rogers Park, Hazelia Field, Luscher Farm, and others. They comprise a string of green pearls throughout our community. We are all richer because of them.
We are blessed with excellent schools, clean drinking water, safe streets, wonderful walking paths, state of the art waste disposal system, fine stores and restaurants. These comprise the infrastructure upon which we have built a desirable and healthy community.
Equally important is our "green infrastructure": our parks and natural areas which are integral to our quality of life. We each benefit from having vibrant parks. These parks and natural areas contribute in large measure to our community well-being. They reflect our values as a community and crown our wonderful and distinctive neighborhoods.
I believe we each understand that the parks and the recreation opportunities are critically important to the livability of our community. They engender public pride and a sense of shared commitment to families and neighbors. Indeed, our children have grown up with an appreciation for the fields and pathways that enriched their youthful years.
We have been fortunate to have these parks and natural areas because citizens years ago had the foresight to approve similar Parks and Recreation bond measures.
It is incumbent upon us now to maintain their investment and ensure that the next generation of Lake Oswego children and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy this healthy lifestyle.
It is our turn to take up the mantle and continue the development of our green infrastructure, our parks and natural areas. Let us step up to ensure Lake Oswego retains and develops it vibrant green space. After all, that is why we have chosen to make it our home.
Please vote yes on Measure 3–548
Jack Hoffman is a former city councilor and mayor of Lake Oswego, 1998-2006 and 2008-2012.
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