To Largo Mayor and Commissioners - Please Don't Close Bonner Park
I am writing to urge you to please keep Bonner Park open. My husband and I walk our dogs there on a daily basis. We think it is such a beautiful place and it would be a shame to close it. It is a small park but has so much to offer ... playground equipment, Florida wildlife, walking trails, a dock with a covered area with a view of the water. It is such a unique little place that all in our neighborhood have come to love and have made a part of our lives in Largo. I understand the economic times are tough but Bonner Park has become a catalyst to meeting and greeting those that live in the community ... please do not close such a wonderful place that we feel fortunate to have. We fully appreciate that we have the opportunity to walk down the street to find a "little peice of heaven" in Largo.
- Stacy Lindow, Largo Resident
The Recreation, Parks and Arts Department was required to submit a fiscal year 2010 budget with $ 1 million in cost reductions. This represents approximately 10% of the department's budget. In order to achieve that reduction, a number of personnel and operations had to be proposed for elimination. At the present time, Bonner Park and the Nature Preserve are being proposed for closure. This information was submitted as part of the budget process and as such was delivered to the City Commission on July 1. The public discussion of the recommendations will be at the Finance Advisory Board (July 13 and 20), the City Commission Work Sessions in August, and at two public hearings of the budget in September.
Concerned citizens are able to voice their objections during citizen comment at any regular City Commission meeting at 6:00 pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month, or through e-mails or letters to the Mayor and Commission.
- Shirley Frick, Mayor/Commission Secretary, City of Largo
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