In a just world, the McKay Home property listed for sale at 3150 Harris St. in Eureka for nearly $900,000 would be acquired by the people of Humboldt County for use as a public facility ("Outside the Box," July 18). Keeping this property in private hands is a failure of imagination on the part of our community. Now is the time for action!
Just before the last sale of the McKay Home property in 2014, the county of Humboldt acquired the 1,000 acre woods known now as the McKay Community Forest. The admirable work of county staff provides a clear vision for expansion and continued management of this community forest.
We have invested in a vision of how this land will be a benefit to all of Humboldt County for the benefit of future generations. Similarly, the McKay Home property surrounded now by this community forest could be more than just the playground of a wealthy family and their inner circle of friends. Imagine the possibilities!
A community center, a historical park, a meeting place and an interpretive center all quickly come to mind. When guests from our sister cities come visit or film companies are scouting locations, they could stay here. Every Humboldt County resident registered to vote could have a voucher to book a stay here. We need not be limited in imagining the best use of this home site.
As most of you reading this, I have a family and responsibilities that prevent me from taking much more time to make this a reality, but maybe someone who could pull this together might think, "This is a good idea; this is an opportunity we shouldn't miss." Look up the property in any real estate website, look at those pictures, and unfetter your imagination.
— Solomon Everta, Cutten