January 13, 2016
Thank you for your January 3 editorial titled “Greenspace Initiative Should Be 2016 Priority.”
Greenspace makes Cobb County a desirable place to live: home values increase, businesses locate where the quality of life is good, air is cleaner, water is cleaner, the risk of flooding is reduced. Citizens rest and recharge surrounded by the sights, sounds and scents of nature. Children play outdoors, away from the distractions of electronic devices.
Cobb County citizens are rallying to persuade the County Commissioners to fully fund the (2008)Park Bond. The $40 million bond was approved by 67 percent of voters in 2008.
It is hard to understand why the commissioners are dragging their feet on fully funding the $40 million as open space is relentlessly paved over and lost forever.
The commissioners funded a $397 million bond to help build the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park in May 2014. As the ink dried on the Brave’s Stadium bond, chain saws and bulldozers cleared land throughout Cobb County — land that could have been preserved if the Park Bond 2008 had been fully funded when it was approved by 190,271 voters six years earlier.
Thank you for informing readers of the Marietta Daily Journal about this issue that affects our quality of life.
Published in the Marietta Daily Journal on January 13, 2016.