Many village attributes
To the editor: I love Walbridge. I walk or bike or skate with my kids to Railway Park. Sometimes we play basketball or tennis; sometimes I am the troll under the bridge - giving chase to those who cross. At Loop Park, we play football, launch rockets, or just fly kites. It would be nice to have the Shiver Shack back but we get our frozen treats from 7-11. The grill cleaner meal at The Skillet is my favorite way to start a big day and Vito’s makes a heck of a pizza pie.
In the winter, when work runs late and the sun won’t wait, I love rolling into my sleepy town with her snowy quilt pulled up and Christmas lights softly glowing. My neighbors are all fantastic, hard working people and we are quick to lend each other a helping hand on home improvements, a brat off the grill, or a beer.
Walbridge Fest does its best to keep community alive with classics like Rally by the Rails and new events like the 5K pool party at the Aqua last week. Halloween finds us at the fire station with doughnuts and cider and the parades pass right by our home.
Sure, I would love to see more vibrant businesses and shops, an updated Loop Park, and a whole host of green space upgrades but I enjoy the small town lifestyle we do have.
I don’t always agree with council members or the mayor, but that’s part of living here too. They know what I think because we communicate. They know that I would like the alleys, streets, and sidewalks smooth and straight. But I know that costs have gone up while tax revenue has remained relatively flat. I also know that it is not the government of the town, but the people of the town that have come together in its past to keep it “on the right track” and I am confident that Walbridge will continue to be what attracted me to her to begin with: a safe, family friendly place that isn’t too uptight to let go a little after a hard day’s work.
What more could a family man want?