I'm with you, Larry. We should contact our City Councilpersons as well as the Director of Parks & Rec for the city. Mary Davis -----Original Message----- From: Larry R Lynch <birder6@xxxxxxxx> Sent: Mar 25, 2005 8:00 AM To: VA-Richmond-General@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [va-richmond-general] James River Park Hi all, Ralph White, manager of the James River Park System, has done more to enhance the City of Richmond's image than anyone I know. And now, because he did something on behalf of all of us who use the park system, he is undergoing the scrutiny of his bosses to see if he is fit to continue. This is hard to comprehend. The way that I understand this from the news reports, the city wants to lock the gates at the park entrances from sunset to sunrise to prevent crime. Perhaps, they should just block off ALL roads coming in and out of the city from sunrise to sunset and set curfews to prevent crime? Instead of spending millions of dollars on projects like the Sixth Street Marketplace and Main Street Station... and then spending millions to restore them the way that they were, perhaps they should hire more park personnel or a few security personnel, plus install lights and security cameras in the parking areas to monitor what's happening. And then, the parks can be kept open when the users want to use them. In other communities where parks are much smaller than the James River Park System, there are more resources assigned than what is allocated here. Our natural resources are much more valuable than the facades that keep the city in debt. It would be so nice if the city would wake up and recognize this. One man's opinion. Larry . You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general. You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.