Dear Editor: Brookings City Council dissolves contract with Azalea Park Foundation. I almost can’t understand why this even happened.

But again, it is government, although this sounds more like personality issues.

Most of what has been done in the last 30 years was done by volunteers who have put in thousands of hours to make the park what it is today.

When the city was first approached by the State of Oregon to see if they wanted the park for free (I take that back, it was $1), there were many in the community who voiced their concerns about how the city would take care of the park.

I was chairman of the Brookings Parks and Recreation Committee back when we acquired the park, and we were asked to put together a simple master plan for the park that would include recommendations on how the park would be maintained.

One of the main recommendations that the committee came up was to solicit the help of the community.

We also recommended to the city that at some point they might want to develop an independent parks and recreation district, with a voter-approved tax base, to fund all the parks in Brookings. This recommendation was met with a lot of resistance from the city.

And so here we are, at a time when the city is always stating there is a lack of funds to even keep the basic services going. So, I find it both ludicrous and sad that the City of Brookings would dissolve its partnership with the Azalea Park Foundation.

I, for one, want to thank everyone who has given their time over the last 30 years in being great stewards of such a wonderful and beautiful park. I sure hope that members of the community will come forward to let the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Brookings city government know this is unacceptable.


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