Narrow escape for Kanipe Park
Thanks to Carisa Cegavske for the excellent October 20 front page article “Kanipe clear cut idea gets the ax,” about the public meeting at the courthouse on Oct. 18.
The meeting was very disturbing; it seemed a decision had already been made and those in charge seemed determined to ramrod it through. The Parks Advisory Board made it very difficult for members of the public to submit comments, even though there was a standing-room-only crowd. Advisory board members kept interrupting the short allowed comment period with speeches justifying logging at the park. After the comment period was closed, various advisory board members made speeches promoting the logging option!
Miraculously, when the advisory board finally voted, enough members decided to respect the views of the public and voted the proposal down.
In 2008, I published a book, “For Love of The Land, The Legacy of Mildred Kanipe.” It’s about Mildred Kanipe and the history of her beautiful gift to the people of Douglas County. All royalties from the book go to the Friends of Mildred Kanipe Park for use in caring for the park.
Since the book was written, the dairy barn, which was on the National Register of Historic Places, has been lost due to the Douglas County Parks Department’s refusal to do a relatively minor repair. It joined in oblivion several other historic buildings that Mildred had requested be preserved.
This isn’t the first time the parks department has tried to make money by logging in the park. So far, the terms of Mildred’s will and public opinion have stopped it, but I firmly believe the parks department won’t give up. Some people, unfortunately, cannot see the trees for the dollar signs. Some things are more important than money.