Community feedback to government is always a good idea and the news that the Hermiston Parks and Recreation Department hosted an open house last week to gather input from residents regarding a new park illustrates a realization that officials want to keep voters in the loop on the project.
The meeting attracted a modest crowd and offered residents an opportunity to give their own views regarding park amenities, safety features and as well as a name for the park.
The new park is slated to be built on a 1-acre site at Northwest Sixth Street and East Bella Vista Avenue near the Monta Vista Homes development.
The park would be the city’s 14th.
While the crowd was modest, their input will be crucial. That’s because it will be the residents of the city – their families and loved ones – that will utilize the new facility.
A city can never have enough parks. Parks are a vital piece of the larger livability pie that make a city a great place to live, work and play.
While it is true building a new park will be contingent on budget requirements, the fact the city is looking down the road and, at the same time, engaging the public to help is a sign local government has its priorities straight.
When a local government makes it a point to create an open house and then invite the public to give input it should also be an encouraging sign to local voters that those who are stewards of their taxes want to do the right thing.
The feedback from the open house will now be delivered to the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee and the city council. While there is no firm blueprint yet for what the park will look like, the input from local residents will be, we hope, crucial.
The next step, of course, will center on how local and appointed elected leaders view the information from residents. We hope they take the opinions and feedback from the open house seriously and incorporate those ideas into the final design of the park.
The open house sponsored by the parks department was a good idea and we hope more such meetings are used for other ideas and issues.
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