The city has done its part, now it’s time to do ours.

The city has done its part, now it’s time to do ours.
Members of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks office on Thursday rounded up about 140 ducks and geese at Lakeside Park in response to complaints that the city has received about overpopulation. Those complaints included statements that mentioned the quality and smell of Lakeside’s pond, along with the aesthetic and health problems caused by the copious amounts of “fecal material.”
While the action is a step in the right direction towards providing a cleaner park for area residents to enjoy, it is still only part of a larger problem.
Many of the complaints regarding Pittsburg parks revolve around vandalism and littering — and those complaints are valid. We humans are just as much to blame for unclean park conditions as our feathered friends.
That is why we would like to see the formation of a group whose purpose would be to preserve, protect, improve and promote the use of our parks. The number of city parks added over the past decade-plus has added responsibility and pressure to the parks and recreation department, as Pittsburg now has more parks (11) than people to work on them (seven).
The group already has a shining example to follow in Pittsburg Beautiful, a volunteer group that cleans areas around the city, from U.S. Highway 69 to the headstones welcoming visitors to Pittsburg. That group stands for more than just cleaning up a few pieces of trash — any member would likely reference the need to imbue a sense of pride in the community’s appearance.
A quality park system doesn’t just reflect well on residents ... it’s a key factor in attracting new residents and new businesses to Pittsburg.
The city has presented us with a golden opportunity. Now we must act on it.

Jacob W. Brower, for The Morning Sun