I am writing in support of the Erie MetroParks Issue 4 on Tuesday, which adds $1.25 per month for each $100,000 in taxable value. But that price seems small compared to what our parks have to offer.
Our Erie MetroParks: 1. operate parks and parkways, offering programs and spaces for recreation and outdoor activities; 2. conserve and preserve pristine, sensitive local environments for the future. With Lake Erie’s health at risk, it is critical we protect these vital areas for our children, grandchildren and future generations; and 3. make good business sense for our community. The variety of parks and access to open spaces create a quality of life that draws tax-paying residents and businesses.
Surveys have shown that businesses site access to green space as a priority in choosing where to locate.
Parks are for everyone. Even people who do not use our parks still perceive the benefits our community receives from them.
When we support our parks we are investing in the future by creating opportunities to experience purpose, pleasure, health and well-being.
Our parks are crucial to building our great community. They make our hometowns better places. For yourselves, your neighbors, your community, please vote for Issue 4 on Tuesday.
— Kimberly Fasnacht