2011-12-15 / Editorial

Scattering Seeds

BY JOHN A. MURPHY

A thoughtful and knowledgeable friend recently sent me a letter reminding me of what a precious gem was our town park at Fort Getty.

He pointed out how, with relatively little in capital outlay, the beauty of the park could be preserved, while simultaneously assuring that the benefits of this unique place be readily available to the citizens of Jamestown.

My friend stressed what a key role Fort Getty could play as providing a point of access to the bay for Jamestowners. Think about how scarce on Conanicut Island today are those places where one can affordably and safely instruct children in the use of small boats.

There are diverse ways to enjoy Fort Getty’s 40 acres, from quiet communing with nature, sheltered boating on east shore, to wind surfing along the south facing shore. There is something there for all Jamestowners to enjoy.

Protecting and enhancing this wide range of uses does not require large construction projects, or substantial expenditures. It does, however, require a thoughtful defining of what the park should be. Decisions as to long-term uses should come only after that defining process.

In the defining process, it is important to keep in mind the physical beauty of the place. Preservation of that beauty should be a guiding principle.

To those who have been diligently working to achieve this result, we should extend our sincere thanks.

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