Monday, July 12, 2010

County parks deserve support

Oakland County — and the greater Birmingham-Bloomfield community in particular — is a terrific place to live, work, play and raise a family. The area is blessed with vibrant communities, outstanding public and private schools, and passionate residents who care deeply about their hometowns.

One of Oakland County's greatest assets is its parks system. The Oakland County Parks started welcoming guests in 1966 and currently serves 1.5 million visitors annually. The 13 Oakland County Parks include 68 miles of trails, day-use parks, campgrounds, nature centers, waterparks and golf courses.

Every single Oakland County resident benefits from the outstanding parks system, whether they use them or not. The parks contribute greatly to the area's quality of life, which keeps it an attractive place for existing and new residents alike. And, similar to the quality of the area public and private schools, the parks have a direct impact on property values.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, Oakland County voters will decide on a 10-year millage renewal proposal for Oakland County Parks and Recreation. The parks and recreation millage is not a new tax and residents have approved the renewal each time it has been on the ballot. The majority of county residents will pay less than $25 a year if the tax is renewed.

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