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Mary Schantz

Jefferson City

Dear Editor:

Hats off to Parks and Rec, Mayor Tergin, and the City Council and staff for their insightful and forward-thinking policy priorities of developing and improving the city's parks and recreational opportunities. Living with a park close by and having opportunities to be outside, in nature, in our neighborhoods and community, enhances our quality of life.

Jefferson City has come a long way in the past decade. The downtown has become a vital and inviting area with restaurants, locally owned businesses, attractive architecture and livable streets. Improvements in the city's infrastructure and streets make us safer and encourage us to get out, enjoy the city and to be a part of a city that offers us and our families a greater quality of life. Improvements in our parks, bike paths, and greenways play an important role in the quality of life we enjoy in Jefferson City. These are some of the many factors that people consider when making the decision to move here or when deciding to stay or leave.

There is more to be done. I believe we are on the right path toward a better community that offers a higher quality of life. We need to continue down this path.

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