The almost daily barrage of bad news about the city budget and threats of service cuts has spurred many residents like Janet Upjohn of Silver Lake into action. The social worker helped organize a rally scheduled for Sunday morning to show neighborhood support for the Silver Lake Recreation Center. What’s the threat? One staff member has received a layoff notice and there is talk about creating public/private partnerships as well as combining programs with other park clusters, said Upjohn, whose son, Isaac takes classes at the center. “I don’t know if the rally will prevent cutbacks but, I think it important to make a positive statement, showing how much our community cares and supports the park,” Upjohn said by email. “In my opinion a healthy park is an investment in public safety.”
The rally is scheduled for 10 am Sunday. Click on the link below to find out why Upjohn got involved in this issue.
I got involved in this issue because the park has been such a great oasis for my son Isaac. He has participated in 3 or more sports teams for the past 6 years. I have two daughters who have also participate in the park programs. The park has meant different things to my family at different times based on the age of my children. At this point my son can walk from home or school to the rec center. He knows all of the staff there and I know he will be safe. It feels to me that the park is something that works well for our community, just with the sports programs nearly 1,000 children are served per year. I can’t imagine this isn’t money well spent.
I don’t know if the rally will prevent cutbacks but, I think it important to make a positive statement, showing how much our community cares and supports the park. I get that the city is facing tough financial issues but I would like to know how much it really costs to keep the park open versus the number of people served. In my opinion a healthy park is an investment in public safety. Our goal for our community should be encouraging healthy options for our children and I believe this is a low-cost opportunity to meet that goal.
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