What will we leave the next generation: A Legacy of Nature…or more stuff to take care of?
Contrary to what voters intended when they supported the 2008 Legacy Amendment, the majority of spending throughout the Metropolitan Regional Parks System has focused on the built environment, to the detriment of our valuable Nature-based Parks System.
The Regional Parks System includes habitats for endangered species, fens, prairies, wetlands, woodlands and water resources. Although these valuable resources throughout the system are stressed and degraded, the vast majority of Legacy spending has focused on capital development including:
- construction, construction administration and other construction costs for buildings, retaining walls, plaza spaces & asphalt trails
- excavation, grading, paving and concrete work, lighting for parking lots and associated entrance drives
- Wave pool mechanical filtration system, golf course clubhouse septic system, maintenance shops & administrative offices
If this trend continues, the Legacy we will leave behind is contrary to what voters and taxpayers intended. We can, and should do better. Therefore, Legislative action is now needed to assure our Legacy dollars are used in a manner consistent with voters intent.
Wilderness in the City is advocating for A Legacy of Nature — A campaign to ensure that healthy ecosystems are restored and preserved throughout our regional parks system, with year-around nature-based opportunities to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.