Invest in conservation

I urge the voters of Sandusky County to support the Sandusky County Park District's levy on May 8. Outdoor recreation
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

I urge the voters of Sandusky County to support the Sandusky County Park District's levy on May 8.

Outdoor recreation and conservation contribute greatly to a community's quality of life. With 23 miles of trails, 72 campsites and many other facilities, Sandusky County Parks provide endless recreational opportunities.

The park district has restored 200 acres of wetlands, an important accomplishment considering that we have lost more than 90 percent of our wetlands in Ohio. The wetlands restoration also shows why conservation organizations like ours at the Black Swamp Conservancy consider the Sandusky County Park District to be such a great partner.

Money from the levy will pay to operate safe and clean outdoor recreational facilities like White Star Park and the North Coast Inland Bike Trail. The levy will also fund environmental education and research, preservation of natural areas, and restoration and access to historic Creek Bend Farm.

The levy that will expire this year is the park district's only levy and provides 70 percent of its operating funds. It's been 18 years since the park district last had a millage increase. Yet the levy will only cost the average homeowner $2.50 per month.

Kevin Joyce

Executive Director

The Black Swamp Conservancy