As co-chair of the Campaign to Save Coogan Farm I want to commend Day Staff Writer Joe Wojtas for his excellent Aug. 16 story, "Nature center turns to public in Coogan Farm fund-raising campaign," about our campaign's success. It would not have been possible to raise enough money to buy the property without the dedication of many supporters of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and the help of The Trust for Public Land. We still need $400,000 more to reach our goal and create a park where the public can experience nature, learn some local history and enjoy recreational and educational activities.
Now that the park will become a reality, it is time for Stonington to recognize the contribution Coogan will make to the quality of life in the town and agree to take part in its creation. The Finance Committee's vote in June was based on incomplete knowledge of our vision for this property and on only a partial understanding of its benefits to the town. Once established, the Park at Coogan Farm will help attract new residents and businesses to the area and improve property values. Stonington and Mystic did not have a public park like this before and given a choice of where to live or locate a business, other towns with this type of amenity had an edge. Not anymore!