7/3/2013 12:01:00 AM Letter: 'Creative input rather than roadblocks, negativity...'
To the Editor:
I was greatly disappointed to learn that the vote to remove the city tennis courts had failed, especially after the city council looked as if they were in support of replacing them with green space. It seems as hard as we try to come up with ideas to improve our city, those who just don't want ANY change step up to object and bring a halt to any progress we've made.
As a tennis player, I can understand why these courts are seldom used. With no dark background, it's very hard to see the ball against the backdrop of the water or the white buildings on other side. And visitors to our waterfront, whether arriving by land or by water, are currently greeted by acres of blacktop and a two story cyclone fence that says "stay out!". Removing or relocating the courts would offer a beautiful open space where everyone could enjoy the view of the water or some food and beverage, community concerts and festivals, or just a quiet spot to gather with friends and/or family. The fact is that a very small percentage of the population has had the exclusive use of the heart of our town for the last 30 years. Isn't it time they share it with the rest of us, locals, resorters and visitors alike?
I would urge those of you who feel the same way to contact Mayor Dika and/or a city council member and let them know that you DO support reasonable changes to our downtown area.
We urgently need to renew and re-energize our downtown, and we need everyone's support and creative input rather than roadblocks and negativity. I think we all want what's best for Harbor Springs, but it needs to thrive in order to survive for future generations! You only need to look at other cities around our area to see that change is absolutely what is needed to accomplish that.