Saturday, June 27, 2009
Whose parks are they, anyway?
Woodstock property owners pay huge real estate property taxes, and some of those dollars go to the Park District. Parks are public property, and the public should be entitled to use them - all of them.
On various fields at Emricson Park large signs warn the public to stay off. I wonder what would happen if some boys (or girls) showed up for an informal game of baseball or soccer.
First of all, they would have to scale the fence (notice that the gate is chained shut and locked) or bust the lock. It is probably not a good idea to break off the lock, as that damage could lead to charges of felony damage to government-supported property, if the P.D. wanted to make someone's life miserable.
If you are in a league that pays its fees to the City, then you get to play on the locked fields, whether or not you live in Woodstock.
These parks are paid by and maintained, for the most part, by residents' taxes. For those who don't understand economics, renters do pay taxes, which are part of the rent collected by a landlord.
Shouldn't park areas be open to all residents?