The Oct. 23 letter “ An example for Dix” suggested that Raleigh would benefit by creating a park modeled after Denver’s Washington Park on the Dix property.
Let’s consider the facts: Denver’s metro area population is twice that of Raleigh’s, yet Raleigh has 9,700 acres of parkland compared with Denver’s 5,000. Raleigh has 100 miles of greenway, Denver has 100 miles of “trails.” Raleigh has 1,300 acres of park water, Denver has the South Platte River running right through it. Denver has 200 parks, Raleigh has 217.
Raleigh has no shortage of ball fields, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, pools, lakes, recreation centers.
What seems to be missing is any accountability for maintenance of our existing facilities. Let’s take care of what we have before spending to acquire more.
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