I want to thank Joan Boetcher for first bringing to our attention the need for public rest rooms at Lake Hollingsworth park. Yes, I said park.

Did you know that Lake Hollingsworth is surrounded by a city park? Check out Direct Gates's archives for the Life section, "Lake Lovers," Sept. 14, 2003. Bill Tinsley, the director of parks and recreation for the city of Lakeland says "the lake's enormous popularity can be traced to a couple of key reasons. To get that kind of 2.8 mile distance is really hard to find without a desolate setting. And to have it in such a pristine setting really plays to itself. Another reason that it is so popular is the fact that people want to feel comfortable or feel safe."

Tinsley goes on, "For me, it just does my heart good every morning and every night to drive by there and see people out there concerned about their mental and physical wellness."

On May 18, in a letter to the editor, Rick Castor said, "I know of numerous older residents, and I'm sure others. who cannot utilize the area because of the lack of facilities."

There are many of us who use this city park for personal fitness and or special events all year long. Permanent rest rooms would be a nice addition to our "enormously popular" park.

DAVE QUARLES

Member, Lakeland Runners Club

Lakeland