To the editor:
On Feb. 10, 2017, Forbes Magazine reported that Cape Coral is the No. 1 fastest-growing city in the United States. We all may not have heard that, but most of us feel the growth with new housing, streets, businesses, and restaurants popping up everywhere.
The city wants to continue to grow jobs and attract new residents. Many of these people will come from "up north," and are accustomed to cities whose master plans include large systems of Parks and Recreation. We have that attraction here if we take advantage of it. The Old Golf Course represents a unique opportunity to keep and grow a beautiful "Central Park" that is accessible to all people in the Cape.
There could be so many uses for this land, and so many volunteers that could be harnessed to help with its operation. An executive golf course, or event center (ala the Old Country Club) come to mind. The use of the land could even later be repurposed if the city decides something might fit better. There would be options.
The cost of purchasing this land (via land swap, taxes, or loan) will seem like peanuts in 25 years when the city is looking for green space. It will bemoan the fact that another housing development was put there when there are so many other places D. R. Horton could be building. But by then, it will be too late. The city will be further down the list of the "Desirable Cities to Live In" posted by whatever magazine at that time, and future workers and residents will choose elsewhere.