Consider This: Parks and Rec Bond

APRIL 26, 2006 -- If you live in New Hanover County, you're already painfully aware that less than 10% of the land in the county remains undeveloped. If you have a family, you're also painfully aware that the city of Wilmington and New Hanover County lag far behind state and national averages in parks per 1,000 residents.

On May 2, the city of Wilmington and New Hanover County are partnering on a $35.5 million Parks and Recreation Bond Referendum that will go a long way towards improving the parks we already have, purchasing land for future parks while it's still affordable, building baseball, softball, tennis and soccer facilities, and securing green space to maintain the quality of life area residents have grown accustomed to.

There's something for everyone in the bond issue. We urge you to review all of the wonderful projects this referendum will make possible, and vote yes on May 2 for the joint Wilmington and New Hanover County Parks and Recreation Bond Referendum. This bond issue may be our last opportunity to protect our quality of life and preserve the area's beauty for generations to come.

That's what we think, tell us what you think.