A separate and distinct authority outside the City of Ferndale to administer, operate and maintain the parks system I believe is clearly the only choice. For the past five-plus years, the park system has been neglected; short of grass cutting, weed eating and supplying of dog bags. Playing the "down-turned economy" card is a non-starter of an excuse for me. The approved parks budget for 2014 is $450,579. Based on recent history, it is doubtful that any of that budget will go toward operations and maintenance of the parks. Nor is the return to a Parks Department the answer because I believe such authority would remain inept and the budget not protected from the long reach of the city. Considering the vast variance of Vander Yacht Park users from Blaine-Lynden-Bellingham, Burlington and Mount Vernon, Canadians transiting to and from Costco, as well as educational and international tour groups (Norway and Japan in 2013) visiting Pioneer Park, a Ferndale Parks District Authority is, I believe, unquestionably justified. And taxpayers should not pay twice: the $450,579 should convey from the city to the Parks District Authority. Beware,"the leopard may change colors but the spots are always there." Only a clean break will stop the "from Peter to pay Paul" syndrome. Furthermore, stop thinking "new" anything (ie., trails) until such time that what is at hand has been properly maintained.