It’s that time of year when the Augusta City Council grapples with the daunting task of shoehorning budget needs into income projections. Last year, Bicentennial Nature Park survived the budget squeeze and was reopened, thanks to the Herculean efforts of many.

This year, another rallying of the troops is needed to ensure that the City Council recognizes the ongoing strength of residents’ sentiment for maintaining the park, as residents, civic groups and governmental bodies work together to sustain the quality of life in Maine that we prize so much.

I encourage Augusta residents to attend the council’s budget discussion on May 8 and to call and/or email their councilors urging them to support the nature park. In addition, all Augusta residents should take a walk in the park this summer.

Bob Dodge Augusta

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