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A few voices are bringing down the park. The County will very likely be issuing an order to shut down the Community Park, including the Tooby Park playground because the usage does not conform to strict agricultural standards and apparently because the County is under the impression that this small group of people speaks for the Sohum community.
The Park is holding a meeting at Healy Center at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening. Now is the time to be heard. The County is reportedly hesitant to incorporate any changes in Park zoning and regulation into the General Plan Update because it wants to avoid controversies which might hamper the process. The group opposed to the park, or certain aspects of it, have showed up at every agency meeting, no matter how insignificant, and they have made extremely serious allegations against the volunteers who have devoted their time on the Park Board.
I know it’s not as sexy as the Reggae War, Code Enforcement, or whether you have to test your septic system once every five years. But the park has been a terrific community asset for several years. It has been the venue for many family-friendly events for which there are no adequate alternative locations.
Now is the time to be heard. Letters to the Planning Department. Attendance of planning meetings. Letters to newspapers. If not, you’re letting an enormous asset slip away.
Addendum: I’m told that Steven Lazar (no idea if I’m spelling that correctly) and Supervisor Clif Clendenen (who wants to help make the park happen) will attend the meeting on Tuesday. If you support the park, that’s where you want to be Tuesday evening.