Re: "Take closures in stride as golf world preps for visit" (editorial, 4-15).
The News Tribune believes we should all take trail and dog park closures at Chambers Bay in stride and states "those things might not be there in the first place were it not for the golf course." I remind the News Tribune that the Chambers Bay Golf Course might not be there were it not for taxpaying bird watchers, dog walkers and hikers.
Chambers Bay is a public park, but it is being treated almost as if it is a private golf course. Recently, it was revealed that the dog park, which is part of the master plan for the park, might not be built as promised because another golf course and amenities were preferable.
A lot of money was raised by those who want the dog park, and a lot of volunteer hours went into making the temporary park as attractive, safe and clean as possible. Dog lovers counted on county promises and were as accommodating as they could be to county rules and requests.
The park is for everyone. Those who are expressing displeasure have never said the golf course is unwanted. Too bad that isn't reciprocal. Golf seems to be the only reason the park is there, at least in the minds of The News Tribune, county government and the U.S. Open.
They are ignoring the needs and wants of the people who are paying for the park and should remember that revenue generation, as is so often mentioned in your articles, should take a place alongside other uses for the park.