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Regarding the condition of North Park and its shelters: While walking through the park one morning I couldn’t help but notice all the downed trees, on both sides of the roadway, lying there rotting. The thought immediately came to mind of having this downed wood, not yet rotting, cut into 22-to-24-inch lengths, stacked along the roadway, for anyone to help themselves to firewood.

How we accomplish this is simple, as obviously the county budget does not permit such a go-green campaign. We should call upon the residents of our own Allegheny County Jail, outfit them properly with orange jumpsuits and GPS ankle bracelets (to avoid any of them getting lost in the park) and make them our “park rangers,” conditioning our county parks as never before. Transportation can be arranged by one of our city schools, which always have extra buses sitting around for emergency purposes. These residents could be back in their own warm or air-conditioned atmosphere in time for dinner.

Just think of how passionate this issue would become with our local and national lovers of nature. The same can be said for the deplorable condition of the park shelters — power wash the roofs, paint them and spruce/​clean up around each shelter. 

Ah, nothing like a beautiful and maintained county park, all provided free of charge.


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