What will we leave the next generation: A Legacy of Nature…or more stuff to take care of?
Based on past spending and current funding requests the 2008 Legacy Amendment will be more detrimental to our metro area natural resources than many of those who voted for it expected. This trend will continue until there is action taken by Legislators.
Despite the fact that woodlands, prairies, lakes and wetlands are stressed and degraded in many of our regional parks, the highest spending category for Legacy funds eligible for the Regional Parks System has been “New Development” such as:
- Roadways, parking lots, & sidewalks
- Wave pool mechanical filtration system
- Golf course clubhouse septic system
- Maintenance shop
To ensure that natural resources within our unique and valuable Regional Parks System are preserved for future generations of people and wildlife, Wilderness in the City is advocating for balanced spending of Parks and Trails Legacy Funds. This will result in a decrease in Legacy funding for capital development, and an increase for environmental stewardship, as intended by those who voted “yes” for the Amendment.