Wisconsin Public Radio reported recently that the state of Wisconsin has a $1.7 billion budget surplus. Yet, in conversations with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, I learned we don't have enough money to repair Pattison State Park.
The damaging storm of 2018 still shows itself throughout the park. It's taken years to upgrade and repair recreational trails, beach and picnic areas.
Last year was the centennial of the gift from Martin and Grace Pattison. Celebrations were canceled for several reasons, and there was vandalism in several places at Pattison State Park.
Often, when I go there, there are no state employees managing the property. The interpretive display is closed. For years, it's been in disrepair. What's going on?
Our tax dollars deserve to be well spent, and now they have a budget surplus! When is Madison going to care? Don't we have state representatives who can bring money home?
Please contact the leadership in place and pressure them to fix up our treasured state park. It's been neglected too long.