Friends of Patrick Eagan Park

Letters to the Editor

Eagan This Week
Saturday, October 27, 2001

Eagan Sun-Current
Wednesday, October 31, 2001

First Patrick Eagan, Next Yellowstone?

To the editor:

It is time for the public to realize that Yellowstone National Park would make a great theme park.

There are many existing ordinary theme parks, but if we are able to develop a "top of the line" theme park somewhere within our country, this is our last chance.

Such a wonderful tract of undeveloped land would be superb for hotels, golf courses, rides, entertainment --- the possibilities are endless. With all of the natural wonders to incorporate into the development it would be a sure success.

Can you imagine the priceless legacy we could create for our children by giving them a golf hole that shoots over Old Faithful?

There might be some short-sighted political pressure against this, but that could be managed or ignored if necessary. A poll of the American people that asks the right questions in the right way to get the correct answers could be undertaken.

The simple fact is that only a small percentage of Americans actually visit the park every year, and with proper marketing this would be a real goldmine.

The founding fathers might have had some good ideas, but they simply did not realize that true recreation is not possible in land that is essentially unchanged for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

It is difficult to make money on pristine, undeveloped, land when all you can offer is solitude and an occasional glimpse of rare wildlife. Today's public demands important amenities such as convention centers, banquet facilities, and full-service restaurants.

Any tree huggers who would oppose this idea do not understand what real progress is, and they all have some sort of selfish, personal agenda anyway. More development means more people and more money.

On a smaller scale, the City of Eagan owns a large parcel of pristine, undeveloped land. Has anyone considered a golf course in Patrick Eagan Park? Today's rosy economic outlook makes it ideal timing to cash in on our natural resources. Call your City Council today to suggest it.

Brent Florine

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