LETTER: Backward with Marina District

We seldom read of Battery Park anymore; it has become The Marina District to many people. Those of us that remember Battery Park are
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

We seldom read of Battery Park anymore; it has become The Marina District to many people. Those of us that remember Battery Park are somewhat in awe of what it has to offer. It is an open public park with over 100 trees. The older trees stand on the grassy picnic area, sheltering the picnic tables and the many benches along the walkways, facing Sandusky Bay. The piers that surround the park are ideal for walking and viewing this beautiful bay from end to end.

This fresh water bay is a blessing that relatively few people have at their doorstep.

The views of sunrise and sunset from this park are spectacular, one can not help but feel their spirit rise while watching these daily events. The peace and tranquility of water and sky are undisturbed by the noise of traffic and constant activity of a bustling city. Battery Park offers to all people a quiet place to pause and refresh oneself. Battery Park is a medicine for the soul. No amount of money can buy this kind of healing.

To enclose this open public park of freedom with tall buildings of steel and concrete is a tragedy...to turn public lands that belong to all people, into a luxury for only a few is a travesty.

To those who feel that Sandusky will not survive without the Marina District, I would ask you, does "moving forward" with this change mean a real step forward or will the future prove to be two steps backward?

Rosemary Mantey

Sandusky