Letter: Dells special place
The Dells hold many memories of both my childhood and my adult life. Like many Prescott natives, I spent summer days as a child enjoying picnics on the rocks and playing in the grass at Heritage Park. One of my first dates as a teenager was spent kayaking on Willow Lake with my now-husband, another Prescott native.
Years later, we took our wedding photos at the Dells as rain clouds hovered overhead. Finally, my husband received orders to Texas from the Air Force, and when we moved away from Prescott, we adopted a dog — Willow — named after Willow Lake.
The beautiful outdoors are an integral part of Prescott, the Dells being one of the most appreciated. I have always imagined us showing photos of our wedding day to my children, and one day my grandchildren. It breaks my heart to imagine a world where we can’t go back to visit the same spots we once did. One of the most exquisite features of Prescott will no longer belong to its residents, but to private owners. Rocky horizons will be replaced with fences and roofs, and trails will be replaced with driveways.
The natural beauty that exists now at the Dells must be preserved for future generations and for all of us who have shared in the joy that this spot has brought us.