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Letter: Instead of saving Buckhorn Baths, build a park, outdoor venue

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Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 8:12 am | Updated: 5:04 pm, Mon Apr 30, 2012.

First, let me say I love your paper. Your news and Valley information is always varied and thorough. I read the Vent section always and feel there are some fine, smart-minded people out there. Other times, I’d like to bop some people upside the head for some ridiculous comments!

Second, whether I get bopped or not, I want to say the Buckhorn Baths should be torn down! It’s history is hardly worthy pf preservation, no matter who stayed there!

Hear me out! Regardless of what’s happening at that Riverview Golf Course, Mesa needs more parks. Main Street is becoming an eyesore with closed businesses and vacant lots that haven’t been developed in 40-plus years. We need to beautify what we’ve got that’s ugly. We need to respect the dead but serve the living.

Mesa desparatly needs small, local, green areas where people can go to and enjoy some green things and some benches under shade and breathe some air. You could do small botanical gardens. Grow your own garden parks like big inner cities do. Communitees need development of small, ugly vacant areas instead of huge parks — parks that are fine, but so far away for many people.

I am for the Buckhorn being renovated by surrounding parks and some history, but look at Main Street. It has some ugly, underdeveloped dirt trash lots. Brighten, beautify and go green with these eyesores. Give smaller area parks the opportunity to serve people closer to home and beautify Main Street. Thanks for hearing me out!

Althea Shontell


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