The potential is there

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

Sometimes the very thing you're looking for

Is the one thing you can't see,

Vanessa Williams – The Best for Last

Three weeks ago, on the one day it wasn't freezing, I spent hours driving around the city of Williston photographing it for last week's Welcome to Williston Community Guide.

Now I know there are those of you out there who find that incredible – maybe even impossible – because after all, Williston isn't that big. Or is it?

I traveled from the airport and industrial park to Noble Avenue and everywhere in between but it was the city's parks where I spent the most time.

Most everyone is familiar with Heritage Park because it is smack-dab in the middle of the city but it's the hidden landscapes that caused me wonder.

I am not an outdoor person – unless it's a beach, but even the sloth that I am couldn't help but see potential in areas that are seldom used and often forgotten.

Peggy O' Neill Basham Park is described by the city as a nature park. Tucked into a residential area off NW 7th Street, I walked every foot of the park on its many meandering trails. Granted, except for the fauna of the park, there's nothing much there but that is the appeal. I have often gone there after a particularly stressful workday and sat quietly in the gazebo until the tension melts away and I'm relaxed enough to begin second shift at home.

Peggy O'Neill Basham would be the ideal spot for the Williston Garden Club to host a plant sale or morning of information from its gardeners or both!

It would be perfect for outdoor yoga sessions or a Bible study group. The serenity it affords will set the mood for any slower paced activity.

At the other end of town, off SR-27A is Cornelius Williams Park and it too is a blank canvas waiting to be drawn upon.

Currently recreational teams that include soccer and football practice and hold games there, but what I see happening here is an outdoor fitness complex.

The landscape is vast and would be ideal for a walking track along the perimeter. While children are practicing, parents and grandparents could be getting into shape by circling the property.

Along the way, there could be stations devoted to fitness: a step for stair climbing; a rail for a pull up; a long board for planking. I've seen this done in other rural parks and I'm amazed how many people take advantage of the amenities – and astonished at those who do not.

Cornelius Williams already boasts some playground equipment and it could be fabulous with some additions geared toward fitness.

I know. I know. Money, you say.

There are scores of grants out there and if there's one thing I know, Willistonians are an ingenious bunch.

It's time we put our collective heads together and figure this out.

And in the meantime, let me know what you're envisioning for our city.

The potential is there. We just need to make things happen.