Brought Attention to Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell Park Management
I read in the paper this morning that Former Buffalo News Outdoors editor Michael Levy died this week.
Mike Levy was the journalist who helped bring attention to the don't-ask-don't-tell County management of Hunters Creek and other parks formally known as "land banks". Until the early 00's, going to these parks was technically trespassing, and some people were actually ticketed. Hunters Creek was one of the few places in Erie County where cyclists went to ride their bikes. But it was illegal and there was no way to officially manage it.
A lot of the credit for turning these land banks into parks goes to former Parks Commissioner Larry Jasinski and County Exec Giambra. However, Levy's articles "Posting Raises Concerns" and "Land Locked" brought a big spotlight on this issue and helped move it to resolution.
Levy's investigation of this issue led him to look at WNYMBA, resulting in another article soon after. His article "Mountain Bike Club Lets Air Out of Stereotypes" provided some good exposure to the club.
I always enjoyed reading Levy's columns in the News and he will be missed.