Unasked Questions

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 31, 2012

Dear Editor,
    Spending money on the Barton Springs Master Plan leaves the city pools dry [“Then There's This,” News, Aug. 31].
    The decision of the Parks Board to pass the plan on to the City Council was an easy way to go forward. Questions were never asked that should have been asked.
    None of the board asked the important questions:
    Where will we get the water to irrigate 32 new trees and 2,000 new shrubs?
    Why are we spending money when we have pools around the city closed because of lack of budget funds?
    How can we buy more facility when maintenance is being abandoned in so many areas of the Parks and Recreation Department?
    Why spend $100,000-plus on a fence when we already have one that does the job?
    PARD should keep its commitments regarding current facilities, before spending money on amenities that are not needed. Why has Dick Nichols Pool been closed two years in a row after tens of thousands of private money was spent to put in heating so the pool would be usable all year round?
    There is something wrong when legitimate questions are ignored and petitions of 600 citizens are never recognized. Where are the ethics of PARD going? We are renting Republic Park for a "beer bash"?
    Somebody please pull the plug on this agenda and replace it with management that is in touch with the PARD mandate.
Peter Steinhardt
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