Editorial: Let the sun shine
Proponents say that it will provide much-needed water access, a generous gift to the people of Mathews County that can be turned into a showplace park for the entire community.
Neighbors and others are concerned that the park may attract traffic, littering, loitering and other problems that could crop up once the residential property is opened up for public use.
It’s time for these hopes and concerns to be aired in a public setting.
The Middle Peninsula Public Access Authority, the agency that has been given title to the 10-acre site of the future Mathews Heritage Park in Moon, should hold a forum to lay out all the plans for its development, address the concerns of neighbors and allow everyone to have a say in what is to go on in that neighborhood.
Both sides in this issue have compelling arguments. Public access to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is relatively limited in Mathews, considering the fact that the county is a peninsula surrounded by water. A park would give more people a chance to kayak, canoe and just enjoy the waterfront scenery.
At the same time, a public park may invite some to abuse the privilege, disturbing the peace and quiet those in that residential neighborhood have come to enjoy.
A public informational meeting, where the PAA would have the opportunity to describe in detail its vision for the property, may serve to allay some of those fears. It would also give neighbors a chance to express their concerns and perhaps have some input on how this property is developed and used.
The proposed Mathews Heritage Park is an exciting opportunity for residents of Mathews and beyond. It would take advantage of one of the best assets this county has to offer: its beautiful waterfront scenery. But, at the same time, let’s not forget Mathews County’s other asset: the friendly, kind-hearted people who call it home.