Friends of Patrick Eagan Park

Letters to the Editor

Eagan Sun-Current
Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Course Would be Irresponsible

To the editor:

In the early 1970s, citizens of Eagan showed foresight and good judgment by supporting a park bond used in part to acquire Patrick Eagan Park. The size of the park was increased by 34 acres in 1978 through a federal grant. The city's intent, as stated in the grant application, was to have as much of the park remain in its natural state as possible.

The park in its natural state is a rare oasis of natural beauty and wildlife habitat in the midst of urban sprawl. It is quite unique with tall pines, mature hardwoods, and wetlands carved by glaciers. The park is a prime example of what makes Eagan a unique and desirable place to live.

I recently watched a public television show on the Florida Everglades that was quite disturbing. Due to lack of foresight and over-development, the Everglades is now nearing an environmental catastrophe. A $10 billion, 25-year restoration project is under way, but even this may be too little, too late.

The destruction of our environment and wildlife habitat is an ongoing problem in Minnesota. Deformed frogs, global warming, and pollution of our lakes and rivers is making the news every day. Destroying Patrick Eagan Park to create another golf course is short-sighted and irresponsible stewardship of Eagan's natural environment.

Get involved to save the park for our enjoyment and the benefit of future generations. Visit the park, contact City Council, visit the web site [now], and sign the petition.

David Torberg

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