Washington County parks staff struggling with high visitation

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 12:35 PM

Wear and tear is starting to show as parkgoers greatly outnumber the county employees who manage services.

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Willy53Jul. 29, 13 5:35 AM

Do they need another sheriff or would a park ranger be a better fit, a person from a wildlife ecology or parks management background? I think the latter would be a better fit and offer more versatility.

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Willy53Aug. 3, 13 7:47 AM

IF there are more visitors than staff can handle then the Parks Department needs more money. If they don't get it, expect a rapid deterioration of our parks in all areas, especially a deminishment of the ecological health and condition of our natural areas that attract all those people and are a large part of the reason many residents have chosen to live in the Valley. A progressive change in property tax could help this situation dramatically. If nothing is done, the consequences will be sad indeed.

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WeedpullerAug. 5, 13 7:10 AM

If I were a Washington County resident, I would absolutely want to see the non-resident fees steeply raised. If people are driving across the metro area to use those parks, they can afford to pay more for the privilege. Higher fees could motivate them to press their own counties to provide similar services. Washington County doesn't have to provide services to everyone else at the expense of their taxpayers. Conversely, Washington County residents who make use of other counties' services to avoid paying the fees their own county charges should become honest and pay to use their own services. I'm referring to the people who come over to Ramsey County to dump their yard waste for free, because Washington County charges their residents for that service.

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