During my 40-year career in parks and recreation, I conducted public hearings on land acquisition. As the spokesperson for three local governments, we believed these properties were protected for future generations. Government can acquire property. The question is, should parkland be sold?

There are many valid issues concerning the proposed sale of North Point Government Center Park in Dundalk ("County fumbled North Point," Nov. 9). However, the key issue should be our government's involvement in the real estate business!

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When is it OK to sell dedicated parkland for commercial purposes or to fund other government "needs" such as buildings, air conditioning or to pay down debt? The North Point property has served the community for more than 60 years. We expected it to be available for our grandchildren and their children.

Every Baltimore County resident should be concerned about the sale of parkland because all local parks could face a similar issue. County government could sell off existing parklands to generate revenue. Should we allow the sale of land promised to future generations?

Baltimore County's Department of Recreation and Parks knows there is no replacement land in Dundalk. I served as this agency's director under County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger. With his support, we acquired several regional parks. We weren't able to locate any site of 20-plus acres in Dundalk. This area does not meet state goals for dedicated parkland based on density of population.

Do not accept that other fields are available or that a lighted field in another area will meet community needs. We simply cannot replace lost parkland. All residents of Baltimore County should stand up and voice their concerns, not just the residents of Dundalk. If this unprecedented sale goes though, it opens the door for the sale of a park in your community in the future.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, Do not sell our parks!

John Weber, Dundalk

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