“The most essential factor is persistence – the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come,” James Whitcomb Riley. Both Shady Cove council and the parks committee hope that with persistence improvements can be made to the county park. The parks committee met on Oct. 11 following up on their presentation to council the previous week. That presentation confirmed that full city takeover of the park wasn’t financially feasible, but created new ideas and tasks for investigation.
Council and committee agree that though the park is county owned it is in the heart of the city and therefore is a reflection of the city and working toward improvements is worth continued persistence. To that end the committee will now look into the possibility of the city taking over just the vacant lot area of the park and/or the park itself and the lot, eliminating the River House from discussion.
Additionally they will investigate the idea of the city and county working together to at least bring the park up to standard. With cameras in hand two sub-committees of two will head to the park to document areas of improvement with the idea that different sets of eyes will gather different information. All documentation will be combined and presented to council. A third sub-committee duo will meet with county officials to discuss the lot.
The committee will meet again on Tuesday, Oct. 25 to prepare their next presentation for council to be given on Nov. 17. No one ever said persistence was easy, but all involved do hope it will pay off.
By Christy Pitto
Of The Independent