Last updated: August 16. 2014 12:44PM - 320 Views
By Jeremy Wallace

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To the Editor:

I wonder how many towns in Ohio, or anywhere else for that matter, offer the public a chance to walk on graveled trails for over two miles through a wonderfully maintained natural setting right in the middle of town, featuring wetlands and a beautiful pond, all of which is surrounded by acres of resplendent prairie flowers and grass?

As if that were not enough, one must pause at various points along the trail in this urban park to observe interesting large scale metal sculptures dotting the park landscape. I am speaking of course, of Troy Ohio, blessed as it is with the presence of Hobart Urban Park.

I walk the trails multiple times a week and was there this morning. While there today, I passed a dog owner with one very happy pet, a group of three moms and their young daughters just happily strolling along and a grandpa closely bending over a Queen’s Ann Lace plant with his grandson checking out part of God’s creation.

I suspect we were all there for similar healthy reason including peace, quiet, calm and a healthier lifestyle. It was wonderful to be in such a place after turning off CNN earlier in the morning, with its reports of thousands of desperate people stranded on a mountain in Iraq and the incredibly sad news of the death of Robin Williams, the funniest man I ever saw or heard.

If you had good parents who taught you right, then you learned early in life from them about the importance of some magical words later re-taught by your Kindergarten teacher, namely “Please” and “Thank you.”

So I want to say “Thank you” to the Hobart family who had a vision for such a park and the Miami County Park District which helped turn vision into reality and continues to maintain the park in such a fine manner for all of us to enjoy.

If you have never visited this park, located off Dorset Road, take the time soon to go for a stroll and you won’t regret it. There is no admission price, thanks to the Hobart family, the Miami County Park District and all of the taxpayers of Miami County who support our extensive local park system.

— John Virgint


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