Thursday, September 9, 2010

Help Friends of Friends save your parks!

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area have joined with other "Friends" groups and many FW residents in opposition to the proposed merger of the FW Parks and Library departments. (see attached letter)

If you agree that this proposal that can harm Tandy Hills Natural Area and other parks, please contact the mayor and city council today.
September 7, 2010

Mayor Moncrief and City Council Members

City of Fort Worth

1000 Throckmorton St.

Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Dear Mayor and City Council:

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area, Inc. (FOTHNA) is opposed to the planned budget calling for the consolidation of the Parks and Community Services Department with the Library.

One of the things that makes Fort Worth special is having more than 11,000 acres of parks and green spaces including the 160-acre Tandy Hills Natural Area. Our parks system is one of the brightest jewels in the City’s crown.

Preserving, protecting, maintaining and enhancing these park areas have been the responsibilities of the Parks and Community Services department for 100 years.

This is a huge and multi-faceted task that is critical to providing a superior quality of life for the citizens of Fort Worth. The most efficient and effective way to continue fulfilling this responsibility is for the department to report directly to the City Manager’s office rather than through another department such as the Library.

FOTHNA understands the difficult budget challenges confronting the City. However, the steps taken to eliminate the projected shortfall should not include the proposed consolidation. Instead, reductions can be taken elsewhere that will not cause such serious, long-term erosion of the City’s park system as will inevitably occur under this proposal. FOHTNA strongly urges the Mayor and City Council to pursue these alternatives.

Don Young

Director, Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area
cc: City Manager Dale Fisseler

Parks and Community Services Advisory Board

Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Tandy Hills

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