Friday, October 23, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Darke County Parks Levy Information from Roger Brocious

Darke County Parks levy: Don't let a very negative person influence your vote.

Look at the facts:

  • We have 13 county parks in Darke County.
  • There are 14.9 miles of multi-use bike trail built and maintained by Darke County Park District.
  • There are 11.1 miles of hiking trails in your Darke County parks.
  • Our naturalists visit all Darke County schools. That amounts to over 5,000 students.  Students visit our parks as well on field trips.  Several schools from surrounding counties visit as well.        
  • 50,000-75,000 visitors use our county parks annually.  They come from all over the state of Oho and other states. 
  • Shawnee Prairie has a nature center, log cabin, sugar shack, restored log house, black smith shop, aviary and much more.
  • The Bish Discovery Center houses the Park’s maintenance facility and has community gardens, a pollinator garden, bike repair station with water bottle filling station and many other educational displays. 
  • Darke County Parks offers many free family fun events such as, Maple Sugarin’, Prairie Days, History Encampment at the Gathering at Garst, and Walking in a Winter Wonderland to name a few.  
  • Biking, canoeing, kayaking, arts, crafts, gardening, raptors and education programs about nature and history are but a few of the exciting things that Darke County Parks has to offer. You just can't list everything here.

I am a Park Board Commissioner for the parks; there are 3 of us.  We make sure that the Darke County Park District’s mission statement is followed.  We help determine the best way to handle the budget.  We are volunteers; we receive no pay.  We are part of the approximately 300 volunteers who do our best to make Darke County Parks -YOUR parks, the best. I urge you to please vote for Issue I.  

Roger Brocious

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