Park property should not be used for animal shelter

2013-09-01T00:00:00Z Park property should not be used for animal shelter nwitimes.com
September 01, 2013 12:00 am

I oppose the Porter County Commissioners' plan to ask the Porter County Parks Foundation to donate land for an animal shelter at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. It is a terrible idea and does nothing to support our fledgling county park system.

I am a 50-year resident of Porter County, a life member of the Parks Foundation, and a former county Park Board member.

Using Parks Foundation assets for non-park purposes is contrary to its mission and conflicts with the purposes for which it was granted IRS nonprofit status. Agreeing to the commissioners' request would also adversely affect the Parks Foundation's reputation and adversely impact its pivotal role in keeping the barn project alive.

It has successfully secured substantial donations over the years to benefit our Porter County parks. Could potential donors rely on the Parks Foundation commitment to its mission in the future if it caves in now?

For the Parks Foundation to dip into its assets for requests that do not support our Porter County Parks would set a terrible precedent.

- Charlotte J.Read, Valparaiso

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