Letter: writer questions Bertram Chain of Lakes park expenditure

To the editor:

With another round of funding for the Bertram Lakes project looming on the horizon, I thought that it would be helpful to provide an update on the project.
According to documents obtained from the Wright County Parks Administrator, the Bertram Lakes project has acquired 502 of the total 1,013 acres, has cost over $9 million (including approximately $4 million from state grants, $2.6 million from Wright County property taxes, and $2.6 million from the city of Monticello), and has over $11 million of expenditures remaining.
In a nutshell, the project is almost 50 percent complete.
Perhaps this is a good point to ask a question: Do we need to complete the project?
Currently, the citizens of Wright County have more than 3,300 acres of Wright County park land (www.co.wright.mn.us), a 1,700-acre State Park, and over 5,200 acres of Wildlife Management Areas (www.dnr.state.mn.us) available to them within Wright County.
That’s more than 10,000 acres of open, green space that is available today.
With the abundance of green space that is already at our fingertips, it makes no sense to continue the unreasonable and irresponsible expenditure of taxpayer dollars on this project.
Please call your commissioner and ask him/her to cease funding of this project.

Tom McGregor
Maple Lake

  • Brian Anderson

    I encourage our County commisioners to continue funding this project. Why stop now that the project is half completed. There are many other projects that do not provide any benefits that could be cut, this park will be there forever and it is a great investment in our future generations to make sure they can enjoy the outdoors as the populations increase in our county in the years ahead.

    The abundance of park space (3300 acres) that is mentioned, that works out to a whooping 34 foot by 34 foot square for each resident in Wright county, not a lot of space. The state park and wild life management areas are not developed to provide the things that Bertram will provide. We need more than just woods and praires to walk around in, we need true recreational areas with beaches, picnic areas, trails, sports fields, boat launches, play grounds etc. Parks with Lakes are hard to come by with lakes being a very limited resource, this is a once in a life time chance to have a beautiful area for generations to come to enjoy.

    Brian

  • Ryan. Direr

    Stop the funding

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