While change is inevitable, it does not have to be ugly. Open spaces provide all of us (hunters, fishermen, hikers, families, cyclists, kayakers, birders, photographers, plein air artists, seniors and everyone in the community) a place that is our little slice of heaven on earth. It is our oasis away from the daily grind of traffic, angst and the hectic pace of the work week.

Cornwall is another community that seems to be balancing business with open space. It has the Storm King Art Center, which also preserves more than 2,000 acres of land that is part of Schunnemunk State Park. There's Black Rock Forest, a living laboratory where nature can be observed by all. There's also the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, where discovery of the natural world at an early age is encouraged.

We need open spaces to unwind. We need open spaces to walk. We need open spaces for times of inner reflection and also for sharing with others. Investing in open space is a good, long-term strategy that builds community.

Dave Hultgren

Blooming Grove