Thank you for the informative article about Adell Durbin Park in the June 11 edition of the Stow Sentry. I believe Stow has a wonderful variety of parks.
Our wedding reception was at Silver Springs Lodge and our three children use the parks in our city sports programs. I understand the need for income for the city, cuts in city budgets, and streamlining costs. The disappointment for me is not in the condition of any of the buildings, maintaining old ones, or building new ones, but the lack of using the park in its unique and natural setting.
A few years ago we hiked the poorly maintained trail at Adell Durbin. I had no idea Adell Durbin had such a variety of terrain. It seemed as though we were hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This park is a gem. Our other parks have ball fields, pavilions, lakes, a campground and other valuable community assets. Forget more buildings. Focus on the beauty of this park. I applaud Sue Mottl, our Urban Forestry Commission and parks department employees who planted several trees at Adell Durbin last year
Have you seen the transformation at Edgewater Park in Cleveland since the Cleveland Metro Parks took over that park? Similarly in Hudson, there was a donation of 100 acres to the Summit County Metro Parks. It is now Wood Hollow Metro Park. If we donated or sold Adell Durbin to the Metro Parks, we would have nothing to worry about, because they have a proven track record. Finally, it's not about who owns the property, but being the best steward of it. As a fan of our National Parks, John Muir, and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees? I write this letter offering my time and effort for such a cause.
Bob Brantsch, Stow