I appreciated the thoughtful Dec.28 editorial about open space in the Corvallis area.

I wanted to explain why I have been donating money to buy open space for more than a decade.

There aren't that many things that money can buy that are as valuable as open land in an urban setting. The benefits are many.

Open land defines the township itself, giving us a sense of identity and a healthy civic life. It provides areas where other animals can live, and it provides a sanctuary for us, which contributes to our physical, emotional and mental health. It's the best value for my dollar as I strive to make a positive difference in my community and leave a legacy for future generations.

We will continue to slide in and out of hard times economically, but I believe that it is wise if we keep our eye on the prize and continue to identify and preserve land for the public when we have the opportunity.

Having the land available to purchase is in itself a valuable moment, and one we are wise to take advantage of.

I too applaud the efforts, skill and generosity of the many people who - like our forefathers and mothers who created parks like Central and Willamette - have the wisdom to act now to secure a healthy future for our children.

While we have to cut corners here and there to get by during hard times, I support investing in the things that money can buy and yet that are priceless, like open space.

Audrey Perkins

Corvallis

 

 

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