Open Space

I am one year older than the City Open Space program, and am dedicated to handing it off to the next generation in great shape.  The mandate of Open Space as stated in Article XII, Sec. 176 of the City Charter is to acquire, maintain, and preserve open space lands for 8 purposes.  These purposes are: preservation or restoration of natural areas; preservation of water resources; preservation of land for passive recreational use; preservation of agricultural uses; utilization of land for shaping City development; utilization of non-urban land for spatial definition of urban areas; utilization of land to prevent encroachment on floodplains; preservation of land for its aesthetic or passive recreational value and contribution to quality of life.  I cannot easily imagine a circumstance that would make me want to deviate from the Open Space mandate.