The most wonderful memories I have as a child is when our families would meet at Lions Park for reunions or when my siblings and I would hang out there.
As parents and boaters, Battery Park was my favorite place to dock. Our boys as well as 15 nieces and nephews grew up spending many days at Lions Park, as my parents still live on the west end, one block from Sandusky Bay. I'm grateful that they never high-tailed it out of the city. As for me, the two best places to be are on the waterfront or in the mountains.
Having lived on the West Coast for three years, in Northern Oregon, I have been able to see what developing the waterfront can mean to a community. Developing the waterfront is a necessity. It always has been. Don't be afraid to do so, however, do so with the thought and respect of lifelong city residents and our surrounding areas, as well as the history of such places as Battery Park, Lions Park, etc.
We would like to see the waterfront accessible to all, one that we can continue to enjoy God's beauty of Sandusky Bay and Lake Erie, whether we're dropping our boat and heading to the Sandbar or Kelleys Island, or just enjoying the day fishing off of a pier, biking, swimming or shopping in downtown Sand-town.
The goal should be to develop the city of Sandusky and its waterfront into a "destination place." "If you build it, they will come." Also, Lions Park would be a great place for a beach. Sure beats having to drive to Huron, East Harbor or Port Clinton. No disrespect intended.
Think about it, please.