Positions

Leagues act on issues based on positions derived from member study and consensus. National issue positions are based on studies and consensus of members nation-wide; state positions are based on state-wide studies and consensus; and local positions are based on studies and consensus of local members.

Action of the League of Women Voters of Washington County is guided by Impact on Issues (positions of the LWVUS), Where We Stand (positions of the LWVPA), and the following local position.

CONSENSUS ON WASHINGTON COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION

Position statement in brief (2005 Annual Meeting book): the League of Women Voters of Washington County considers parks and recreation programming to be an important function of county government.  We believe that Washington County will benefit from a strong parks and recreation program. Such a program should operate under a well-qualified staff with sufficient funds to operate and maintain the existing parks and to provide well-chosen recreational activities. The county should also provide for the development of needed new park facilities in keeping with the present character of the parks, as well as the development of trails and natural areas in other locations.

Complete position adopted November 1998

The League of Women Voters of Washington County considers parks and recreation programming to be an important function of county government. We believe that Washington County will benefit from a strong parks and recreation program. Such a program should operate under a well-qualified staff with sufficient funds to operate and maintain the existing parks, and to provide well-chosen recreational activities. The county should also provide for the development of needed new park facilities in keeping with the present character of the parks, as well as the development of trails and natural areas in other locations.

We believe that a strong county parks and recreation program:

  1. Protects the environment, preserves natural resources, and promotes health and wellness;
  2. Indicates a commitment to preserve and enhance the quality of life in Washington County to the benefit of present county residents, and, as an indicator of quality-of-life, can help attract new businesses.
  3. Will lead to the creation of recreation-related businesses, thus providing Washington County an additional economic stimulus.

The League believes that Washington County Parks and Recreation Department should:

  1. Develop a close working relationship with the municipalities; coordinate plans so as to avoid duplication of local efforts and fill any gaps. The department should also serve as a technical resource for municipal groups;
  2. Endeavor to serve a wide range of the population;
  3. Maintain existing facilities and programs and plan for the needs of the next ten years;
  4. Consider public access (e.g., facilities for the handicapped, adequate parking, good roads) when planning for the future;
  5. Enforce park rules consistently, especially rules concerning permit and other fees;
  6. Undertake a more effective public information program to ensure that county citizens are well aware of park facilities and programs.

The League also supports the following:

  1. Mingo Creek and Cross Creek County Parks should retain their present character, i.e., a natural setting for the enjoyment of many. New facilities should be limited, providing for trails of various types, picnic areas and shelters, a nature center, possibly a small amphitheater, group camping areas, and ball fields for day use (not for regular team assignments). It is essential that drinking water be available in both parks.
  2. In other areas of the county, new trails and linear parks should be developed, especially the proposed Panhandle Trail.
  3. The county should plan for more green areas, including greenways and conservation areas. It is also desirable that the county acquire land to be set aside for the future, e.g., for a new park or some other recreational use.
  4. Recreational programs offered by the county should be of regional interest and chiefly focus on environmental education.
  5. County parks and recreational activities should be financed mostly under the general budget, supplemented by grants; reasonable fees for programs, shelter rentals and the like, and concession fees. Concessions should be limited to those that enhance the use of the parks.