Donated to the Public, for the Public: Keep Summit Beach Park 100% Accessible to all.

Donated to the Public, for the Public: Keep Summit Beach Park 100% Accessible to all.

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Friends of Summit Beach Park started this petition to City of Orono and

We support Orono Mayor Dennis Walsh's statement: 

"Preserving and maintaining Orono's open space is a priority that we cannot afford not to protect and keep maintained, because once you lose it you will never get it back."

CALL TO ACTION
As the City of Orono considers renovations to historical Summit Beach Park, we, the undersigned....

1. Urge the Orono City Council members and Orono City Staff to maintain Bruce Dayton's intention for the park to be 100% accessible to the public with no cost to access any part of Summit Beach Park.

2. Encourage the Orono City Council members and Orono City Staff to seek out ways to maintain the open natural character of Summit Beach Park. Look to identify ways to increase cleanliness and public amenities within the park. 

3. Restrict any circumstance in which a private organization, inclusive of non-profit or volunteer-driven groups that limits the public's ability to fully utilize all the space within Summit Beach Park.

BACKGROUND

"What would you say if I gave it to you?"

Such were the words of Bruce Dayton; Orono native, a famed American retail executive, businessman, and conservationist.

In 1995, Bruce Dayton met with his Brother Wally to discuss the protection of the land that they owned. Over the course of 1996 and 1997, Bruce donated some 120 acres of land in the eastern part of Long Lake and Orono, including Wood-Rill (DNR), and Summit Beach Park (City of Orono).  

"These nature areas are a pretty unique asset in Minnesota's legacy commitment to conservation and the environment," said Hennepin County Commissioner Chris LaTondresse, "The areas are still left very wild but are accessible to the public. It's a real gift."

Let's do our part for local conservation and keep Summit Beach Park free for ALL to fully enjoy.

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