Decision-makers in the Decatur Park District are wise enough to see Scovill Golf Course should be closed for financial reasons. Where these men may be mentally challenged is what to do with Scovill after it is closed. I have heard rumors Scovill is to be sold to a private citizen for a short-term financial gain.
When Mr. and Mrs. Guy Scovill passed this property to the city, they added a clause it should remain for recreational uses. Tricksters in the park district think they can bypass this recreational clause by leaving a small lot for some phony type recreation. Tens of thousands of Decatur citizens understand what Scovill's intent was with the recreational use clause.
Seventy-five years ago, Scovill and the city made a decision that to this day improves quality of life. Today's decision-makers may not be fondly remembered 75 years hence for saving Scovill grounds.
Recreation can be a walk through green hills. Keeping the grass mowed is not an extreme cost. The federal government pays farmers to throw wild flowers on some fields. The same thing could be done at Scovill.
James Foster, Decatur