2016-11-10 / Views

Wise taxpayer investment

With the election over, finally, it’s time to turn our attention to some of the more enjoyable aspects of living in Leelanau County.

Like cross country skiing.

And Leelanau County is becoming a mecca for the sport.

We commend the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners for one of their latest purchases, a cross country ski trail groomer that can be used at Myles Kimmerly and Veronica Valley county parks. The cost was a whopping $6,000 out of the $12 million county budget.

We’re not belittling how the county spends our money. Some purchases, though, seem destined for enjoyment.

Groomed trails will be available at Kimmerly park for the first time, while Veronica Valley trails will benefit from the retirement of an outdated machine formerly used to groom its trails. In fact, the Leelanau County Parks and Recreation Commission has worked diligently to complete a master plan for Myles Kimmerly, and will soon be working on plans for Veronica Valley and Old Settlers parks.

The future for county parks has never been brighter.

The new county ski trails will join those already maintained on the east side of the county — Leelanau Trail — and on the west side — Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail.

Development of some public lands in Leelanau County have been controversial. There was strong opposition to the Leelanau Trail when first conceived. And Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail still has detractors in its present design.

But the opportunities for outdoor recreation have certainly benefited.

So here’s something you don’t always hear. Thank you, governments.

Now if we can just count on a little snow.

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