I hear that the city has decided to have a comprehensive review of all parks to develop a master plan for improvements. Can you guess what will occur, if anything?

To the Editor:

I hear that the city has decided to have a comprehensive review of all parks to develop a master plan for improvements. Can you guess what will occur, if anything?

The council and the staff will select supporters of the so-called "Northam Park Master Plan." They will be billed as a broad cross-section of highly talented, experienced residents who will review the parks and make recommendations to City Council -- true statement.

They will then go through a soul-searching period of briefings by those who came up with the Northam Park Master Plan in the first place.

What will be missing, of course, is any study/documentation of what is currently wrong with the park, what alternative measures could be taken to remedy these deficiencies, and what would be the impact if nothing were done. In short, continue as we have during the last 50 years or so. Exactly what problem are we fixing and where does that fit in our overall priority list?

Council will be told that there was much disagreement in getting to the recommendation, but in the end, the consensus was that the original Northam Park Master Plan was a brilliant idea and should be implemented immediately.

Then we will find ourselves right back where we were -- a $20 million boondoggle, with a recall petition awaiting submission.

William E. Gabel

Upper Arlington