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On Wednesday, Jan. 1, we published our year in review spread on Pages 6A and 7A.

Supporters of the Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park show off a check they received in Feb. 10, 2006, to build the park. In 2014, eight years later, the site is still just a dirt lot.In the midst of the plethora of news stories that made headlines in 2013 were two mentions of the Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park, which will eventually be built at Posse Grounds Park.

Managing Editor Christopher Fox GrahamI use “eventually” in the loosest sense — the city approved plans for the park in 2001. That’s not a typo — it was 2001.

 

Those set to graduate from Sedona Red Rock High School this May were just mere kindergartners 13 years ago.

Sedona has had six mayors since then.

Installing streetlights on State Route 89A, the Uptown Enhancement Project and redesigning State Route 179 from the Village of Oak Creek to the “Y” roundabout were proposed, planned and finished in less time.

So was the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

And the war in Iraq.

I hope that puts the time element into a tangible perspective. Rome wasn’t built in a day — because it was a government project — but we’re not building a continent-spanning empire, just a stage and some seats.

We got closer than ever in 2012. The dome that would one day become the Posse Grounds Pavilion collapsed while under construction that August. In 2013, the city went back to the drawing board and reopened ideas for a new design, which have yet to be presented to the public.

For more than a decade, consecutive Sedona City Councils have delayed the project or waited for studies or designs or public feedback to build what should be a small stage on an empty piece of land already allocated for a park.

This shouldn’t be so hard.

Sedona City Council faces another election this November. Rather than waiting and hoping the new council will move on this matter, we residents of Sedona should demand City Council and city staff to finalize a simple design and get the park under construction, maybe even built by the end of the year.

The late Barbara Antonsen fought to save Posse Grounds Park area from development in the 1990s. She gave us the park we all now enjoy. We should honor what she did for our city and give her a park she would be proud to have seen.

Let’s make it our city’s official new year’s resolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • N. Baer

    We should honor what Barbara Antonsen who fought TO SAVE THE 2 ACRE PARCEL of Posse Grounds Park for the City. She wanted to preserve that area for a small stage and seating areas for families which includes the hundreds of property owners living around the perimeter of Posse Grounds Park.

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