Saturday, November 13, 2010

George Rogers Clark Park

Just heard some very disappointing news. One of our local parks, along with several other areas (wetland areas, and miles of bike trails) will be closed because of the recent support levy failure. The levy would have cost the average county home owner about $5.00 a year. Yes, only $5.00! George Rogers Clark Park is one of the most beautiful, pristine and well preserved natural areas in our county, with old growth trees that are hundreds of years old, a waterfall, beautiful lake, hiking trails and picnic areas. I have been going there since I was a kid. I remember the Boy Scout Jamborees, family picnics, fishing with my dad, and all the hikes and photos taken through the years. Several of the images posted here were taken at George Rogers Clark Park. I just don't know why people can't understand what a difference places like this make in their lives and the value of their community, even if they don't go there.

I am really bummed.

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  1. Mike - how sad about the park. Like you, I have many fond memories of trips there as a young child, then later when I could drive myself. I think I always knew places like this and Glen Ellen, Hocking Hills, and others throughout southern Ohio were special. But living here in NE Texas, there's nothing to match it within 2+ hours. So the appreciation is rediscovered. I think the problem is, in general, people have gotten so busy with their lives they don't invest in their peace of mind with visits to places like the park. Wish I had known sooner. I would have taken an extra day this past summer and taken one last walk. Thanks for sharing, though.

    By the way, your photographs are quite nice.

  2. Thanks Mark. Hopefully the issue will be resolved soon and all will be re-opened.