To the Editor:
I support the referendum for the Kane County Forest Preserve District’s land acquisitions. The forest preserves are an open space legacy that requires the purchase of land before development. It takes a long-term view to see the value of these open spaces for future generations.
Elgin received gifts of land for Lords and Wing parks in the late-1800s. The families that made the donations believed those properties on the outskirts of Elgin someday would become parks surrounded by the city that would be enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.
We as taxpayers have to share the vision of the Forest Preserve District to provide open space, walking trails, and picnic and play areas that will increase recreational opportunities for Elgin residents, by supporting the purchase of the land and its preservation.
David J. Kaptain
Mayor of Elgin