John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Have you noticed that the weeds and mud in the Humboldt Park lagoon are almost making it invisible to the eye. Years ago we had boats to ride in at the park. The concessions stands sold candy and popcorn there. It was fun to take a date to the park. Now due to lack of staff funding, the park looks like an abandoned field. Instead of taking care of just one park, the park workers have to take care of as many as five or seven parks. How far can you stretch your help without damaging the parks? The parks were meant for the entire family to enjoy like in the past. Before long we can tell people that they are visiting the "skunkworks" when they visit our park lagoon. Please encourage our County Executive to place a special tax bill before the voters, so that we can have a say on how things are done in our parks. Picnic tables and park benches are wearing out and not being replaced due to lack of funding. Do not blame the park workers, for they are doing good hard work, but are not being appreciated for all that they do. Provide some funding to restore our parks to what they should be like. Eliminate some of the park management, and increase the amount of people who actually do some work. What should we get next? Goats or sheep to mow the lawn? Saw down some trees to make park benches? If we keep getting our park funding reduced, this will happen next.