Whether the arena is government, business or sports, the eventual success of a project depends on skilled people in the right position.
That's why it was heartening that when the Crow Wing County Board put out the word that it was looking for volunteers to serve on a parks committee nearly 30 people applied for the 12 positions on the board. It was an embarrassment of riches for the county board members who had to choose among them.
There are indications that the number of applicants was spurred, in part, by the quietly escalating conflict between those who favor motorized and those who advocate non-motorized use of trails.
When the board came up with a dozen parks committee members there were some familiar and respected Crow Wing County names among the appointees. Many had experience in government or public issues and appeared to have no particular ax to grind.
The interest in the parks committee indicates many people are excited about the prospects for recreational opportunities on county land. In many ways this is just an evolution of Crow Wing County's reputation for being Minnesota's playground. Tourism and recreation are more than just fun and games in this county. They represent dollars and cents for our communities.
Managing our recreational resources wisely is one of the most important tasks government faces. There is plenty of work to be done in both official and unofficial capacities. Let's hope the energy and expertise of some of the disappointed applicants can be harnessed to improve the county's park and recreation options in the future.
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