Dear residents of Hillsboro, I understand that many of you are upset at the sale of two parcels of park land. I want to assure everyone that this issue is not as simple as it seems and not as straight forward as Facebook has told us.
The issue is and continues to be that Hillsboro has a terrific work force but no suitable housing to entice businesses and families to come to town and stay in town. This is an attempt to fix that and I hope and believe that this will be the first two of many houses built.
The plan to develop the property preceded my appointment to the council, but as I looked into the motivations behind it, I believe the issue of a lack of new housing development is real and does need to be remedied as soon as possible.
Believe me when I tell you all that I appreciate everyone’s passion and love of park land in Hillsboro, and I share that same love and passion. Because of that passion and love I am urging everyone to get involved with the parks we have. The picnic area that will be moved across the street from where it is now after the sale will be in need of volunteers to make it great, the 4th of July point park area could use many upgrades to improve its functionality, the Sports Complex needs updates, and most importantly Central Park needs a full overhaul.
There has been a group working tirelessly to raise the needed funds for the Central Park restoration for two years and are only 15 percent of the way to the amount they need. I urge you to get involved and donate to this cause so we all have a wonderful place right in the heart of our great city.
You can find more information about this project at https://www.facebook.com/ReinventingCentralPark or by reaching out to me.
Thank you for your support for Hillsboro and those trying to make it a viable place for centuries to come.