Our view: Keep it clean
During a name dedication ceremony in October 1996, a Moffat County Commissioner at the time summed up Loudy-Simpson Park as a “beautiful and practical facility.”
Prophetic words from the commissioner regarding the park, one of our community’s key and most used amenities, and, it should be noted, words that still hold true today, more than a decade later.
However, without civic responsibility and a renewed sense of community pride, that may not always be the case regarding the park.
The park, named after ranchers Ed Loudy and Bill Simpson, has been a treasured jewel in Moffat County.
It has been a home to baseball and softball games, fishing, family and public outings, and, quite simply, been a place for residents to relax and enjoy the outdoors on a nice day.
Editorial Board members, however, have seen signs throughout time that some less than respectful segments of the public haven’t appreciated Loudy-Simpson and abused their right of access to it by littering, leaving behind graffiti or intruding upon other park visitors with loud, unruly behavior.
In short, the Editorial Board believes there are some who, without bolstered enforcement at the park during all hours, would tarnish its reputation as a family-friendly environment.
And, how sad it would be to see this enjoyable locale tarnished not by the many but by the few who the many didn’t put a stop to.
Good manners, respect, community pride – these are all traits that many visitors to the park have and reasons why it has held up after all these years. But, not everyone has those characteristics, and it is them who give cause for concern.
The Editorial Board implores anyone visiting the park to show respect to the efforts many have made in the past to get the park up and running and follow the posted park rules.
Short of a conscious effort by all who visit, the park easily could slide from the “beautiful and practical facility” it is has been and is today, to another sad example of a once-precious area lost to riff-raff and ignorance.
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