I am offering a rebuttal to the Community Commentary article written by Dr. Patricia Frostholm ("Action needed on making park public," Aug. 14). She has quite a few misconceptions about Marina Park and its residents.
Frostholm obviously does not observe the three-block section of sand during the day. Monday through Friday, the beach is used extensively by day camps and sailing programs. I know, because I live smack in the middle of the span of beach in one of the "trailers," as she calls them. Sometimes I'm grateful when these many groups of children leave, as they are loud when they frolic, while taking a break from kayaking or sailing. But I'm a crotchety senior citizen on a fixed income, not a rich multi-home resident, as she seems to think we all are.
I am one of many older residents here who are indeed grateful to be living in hard-to-find low income housing, noise and all, even though the city is our landlord and will not fix anything, except exterior issues, such as the watering or electrical systems. Also, there are quite a few families with small children who live here full-time. I suggest she take a walk along the public sidewalk sometime and talk to more than one resident. She will also observe how many bicyclists, joggers, walkers and visitors use the public sidewalk.