Upper Arlington has a fine history of quality in schools, parks, public and residential spaces.
To the Editor:
Upper Arlington has a fine history of quality in schools, parks, public and residential spaces. This is why my husband, Doug, and I chose Upper Arlington in 1975 and we have been very satisfied with our choice.
I have been impressed with the care and concern over the decades that City Council takes in developing 10-year plans for our community and the amount of public input and representative committees that are engaged in the support and enhancement of our city.
Issues of infrastructure upgrades to Northam Park are a concern. Once again, we see a small, special-interest group trying to focus attention on its wants rather than the general community's.
Residents were quite vocal about retaining multiuse space in Fancyburg Park as opposed to adding baseball diamonds. Like baseball diamonds, tennis courts have only one use. Larger green space provides numerous opportunities.
Let's look at statistics. Upper Arlington has over 33,000 residents. The city currently has 44 tennis courts. For the 268 tennis members (understanding that others use the courts), this averages six people per court. If the city eliminates the 12 courts in Northam Park, that still leaves 32 tennis courts in city parks -- or 8.5 people per court.
This seems like a huge expense for limited use. I have rarely seen courts in Thompson Park in use.
According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, infrastructure includes the basic equipment and structures (such as roads and bridges) that are needed for a country, region or organization to function properly. This includes any physical development like parks, power and communication systems. The brochures for our tax increase provided examples but were not exclusive of other structures.
I support council's decision to upgrade Northam Park with the use of $14 million in order to complete a planning process that has extended 10 years.