Port Clinton is expected to come up with six million dollars according to Catawba resident Craig Trick who is representing Washington Properties for the proposed development at Waterworks Park. At the March 6 city council meeting council President Linda Hartlaub did not allow the public to ask questions, so I guess citizens are expected to make nice, keep our mouths shut and accept it. The chairman of city council’s Parks and Recreation Committee, Councilman Ron Aukerman, estimated that for $2,000,000 the park could be made into a destination to draw visitors. It appears that the rest of the $6,000,000 is to support the condos, hotel and retail space being proposed at the park.
If the city can get $6,000,000 to enable a developer’s project, getting $2,000,000 to rehab the park for the residents should be a cakewalk! And, if they can get $6,000,000 for the development why didn’t they get $2,000,000 for the park in years past? What have they been waiting for? The answer may be that there are those in the community who wanted Waterworks Park to deteriorate and look as bad as possible so the citizens would support the condos, hotel and shops.
We need a beautiful park AND downtown revitalization. Some negative individuals in the community want to give up the park to support the downtown. If you care about what’s happening at Waterworks Park, speak up! Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives and City Council. It’s not the CITY’s park – it’s the CITIZEN’s park. A word of caution - when you ask questions to City Council don’t accept a response of “trust me”. When it comes to Waterworks Park, we’ve heard “trust me” said so many times and in so many ways it boggles the mind.