The Olmsted brothers passed through Spokane County 102 years ago on their way to building a park system in Seattle. Eastern Washington folks were impressed by their vision and asked what it would take to build a park system in Spokane. The price: $1 million. Just imagine the debate that occurred. Yet when the Olmsteds made it back, the bond issue had passed. Our forefathers caught their vision of wisely planned open spaces, creating places for young and old to gather and play. I’m so glad they had the courage to push their views forward and convince others to support parks.
This fall, we get to make history in creating a special place in Cheney. The 50-acre park has something for everyone – open space for places to walk, to relax, to relieve stress, and opportunities to bring loved ones right smack into the middle of the great and some say disappearing outdoors.
My Iowa farmer dad reminds me, “They aren’t making any more land.” Let’s make a difference. For a few dollars a month we can develop something permanent for future generations to enjoy. Vote yes for parks in November. Make our forefathers, our grandchildren (and my dad) proud.