Rogers Mayor Steve Womack is not enthusiastic, warning that such requirements would drive up overall project costs for developers, so the city must "be very careful that we don’t create such a requirement on developers that they decide not to develop." Womack has never been much on public parks.
Unlike Womack, many citizens are well aware of the integral role that public parks, open space and trails can play in advancing a community’s economic vitality and understand the benefits of and need for adequate public funding for park acquisition and operations as an essential community service. Even the Rogers Chamber gets it.
Will Rogers, President of the Trust for
Rogers currently has 13 parks occupying just over
Mayor Womack could learn something from Fayetteville's experience. We can only hope that the Fayetteville Chamber of Cowbirds might someday get beyond short-term self-interest in making a quick buck and share the progressive vision of the Rogers Chamber leaders.