Regarding the Op-Ed “Give It A Rest” and other recent letters including “How Long Must We Sing This Song,” these headings can be read two ways in connection with the development of Mammoth Creek Park West.
How long must we listen to the same arguments and comments against the project? The time for debate and public comment over whether to proceed with the development of Mammoth Creek Park West has passed. Town Council and planners have moved forward with initial steps to put the real estate to its highest and best use, to provide the entire community with valuable recreation facilities.
Why not appear in favor of the park’s development? Because the purpose of the recent hearing was not to debate whether to proceed, based on arguments already made. The fate of the park’s development was not at stake. We are past that stage. The purpose of future meetings and hearings will be to address “new” issues as the project moves forward, not to debate matters already decided.
Those who object to the project will apparently continue to do so, making the same arguments and voicing the same opposition at every juncture, no matter what the purpose of the hearing or meeting. Those in favor will not engage in this endless debate based on comments already made and either accepted or rejected. An entire column could be written here discussing the multitude of reasons in favor of developing the park, but that has already been done.
Here, however, are some responses not necessarily related to the merits of developing the park.
1. It is simply inaccurate and disingenuous to say that Town Council members have not listened, and are not listening, to the people. Council members listened to all arguments, considered them, and made a decision. Disagreeing with the opposition does not equate with “not listening.”
2. We all know that this community has suffered in the past from a lack of planning and long term vision. We are still addressing the long term consequences of these oversights. That’s what this project is about; it is about vision and long term planning that have been sorely lacking.
3. The neighboring HOA will not be satisfied with anything but a bucolic, open space setting at the park. They wish to retain the sage and pine state of the land next door; this is normal and can be appreciated. A dog park or pickleball? The park property is intended and zoned for development. It is far too valuable as a major real estate asset to leave fallow and unused.