What will we leave the next generation: A Legacy of Nature…or more stuff to take care of?
Contrary to what voters intended, the 2008 Legacy Amendment is proving to be detrimental to the natural resource base of our unique Metropolitan Regional Parks System.
Although valuable 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 shops
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 new capital development, and an increase for environmental stewardship as intended by those who voted “yes” for the Amendment.