Below is the text of the Letter to the Editor of the Daily News printed in August 2017:
We understand that the proposal to construct three homes on .69 acres adjacent to the park at Reservoir Hill has been withdrawn. We vigorously support the City working to permanently retain this land as additional park space as indicated in the Future Land Use Map.
Slicing off a “small” plot of land at the base of or venerable park makes the rest of the park, the oldest in our city’s park system, vulnerable, including the Civil War fort site, the picnic pavilion (1912), the pump house which crowns the top of East Main Street and the recreational park that residents have enjoyed for nearly 150 years. Since 1970 the park has only faced more and more erosion. Some will recall the tennis courts and green space that existed prior to construction of the water tower, the Neighborhood & Community Services building, the plumbing station, new parking areas and the four new houses now facing Park Street. We must protect what remains.
Landmark’s motto is “A Future with a Past.” We recognize that development in our city and county should and will continue into a bright future, but we should ensure that it co-exists with our equally brilliant past. Like historic buildings, our green space, too, is clearly vulnerable. Some argue that all land was once undeveloped and that more homes are needed in our city center. While we understand this notion we argue that this is a markedly different situation. This is not a privately owned farm that a family was choosing to sell or develop themselves. This was our city putting its long-held and maintained greenspace, space already designated for future use as our parkland, out to bid for development. We hope the City will work to ensure this space is permanently protected.
President, Landmark Association of Bowling Green and Warren County