Friends of Patrick Eagan Park

Letters to the Editor

Eagan Sun-Current
Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Park Should Remain in Natural State

To the editor:

On Sunday, Oct. 7, many were able to enjoy the natural beauty of one of Eagan's treasures, Patrick Eagan Park. The Walk in the Park, sponsored by Patrick Eagan Park Preservation Committee (PEPPC), was a well organized, well attended, informative, fun event.

Thos interested in learnign more about the park were led along the trails by volunteers from the School of Environmental Studies and naturalists from various groups including the Audubon Society. I would like to thank the volunteers for giving their time to share their knowledge with us. On my walk home through the park after Sunday's event I was delighted to spot a young doe.

Six years ago my family was fortunate to find a home near Patrick Eagan Park. I walk my golden retriever in the park as often as time permits. I taught my children how to cross country ski in Patrick Eagan Park. It is most beautiful skiing through the pines with a lightly falling snow.

The city of Eagan is considering this site for a golf course. No more walks in the park with the dog, no more wild life in its natural habitat, no more skiing through the pines. Being in Patrick Eagan Park is like being up north. It is a great escape from our busy lives and it is right in our back yard. Replacing Patrick Eagan Park with a golf course would be a loss for the city of Eagan.

Karilyn Ryan

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