Parks are needed (not enough fresh air)
parks needed Harrisburg Has Not Enough for its People. BREAWNG PLACES SCARCE Passage of the Loan Will Mean a Great Natural Park and Driveways. l.'eservoir Park is a credit to Harrisburg and n blessing to its inhabitants. It consists of about. - t acres, surrounding the city's reservoir and came under the care of the newly i ! vied Bo.nxl of Park Commissioner, uho organized January 7th, jv.m. Since that time the park has had the hum intelligent and faithful c.ire of a board of oil i.dals who deserve the thanks of ihe community for their labors, which are given without remuneration. Since its organization it has had but two presidents. Mr. James McCorniiek and Mr. John Hof - I'cr, both of whom have contribiit 'd liberally of their means and their thin - t i bring the park to its present con dilion. The present efficient and obliging secretary of the Board, Mr. George (1. Kennedy, lias been per - 'orming his duties since isl;t, and it i to his well - known energy that ihe concerts in the summer, which have c.ime to be such a pleasing feature, are maintained. At the start it was. as has been well said, "a barren waste," but by plaining trees, laying out walks, and by erecting shelters and other suitable buildings, we have as was said above, i park w hich is a credit to us, and of which Harrisburg is justly proud. Til's park litis cost the city only a little. over .!.000 a year. or. to be accurate. $24,0S5 for the twelve years, one - third of which amount was paid for labor. Street cars first reached ihe park in ISO!!, but. it was not for several vears that the cars ran in such a way .is to real'ly benefit the park, and yet. both before and since that time, it gradually grew in popularity so that for the last nine or ten yeans, the annual reports of the Board have called attention to the need of more room. The park, however, is situated so far away on one side of the city, that three - quarters of our citizens practically are obliged to go out by trol - ely, and when it is time to come home, mother troliley fare must be paid. The proposed municipal improve ments include tlie liemnning oi now arks and playgrounds for the upper and lower parts of the city, so tntt there will be no necessity to pay any thing for car fare. Under a recently enacted law, land may be .taken at a fair valuation and there is no room for the land speculator to hold out for an unfair price. Many a woman who is kept, in her home, looking after her household duties, and perhaps caring for an ailing child, would be on v too glad to oe aoie to gen m a few' minutes' walk, without having to itiv trollev fare, to a place where theer are trees and green grass, where she can rest, and her little one, play, and e - - ipe the heated atmosphere of a small house.