Plan For The Park Sales Tax Proposed
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Parks and Recreation Department presented a preliminary plan for the park sales tax revenue to the Columbia City Council.
The tax is expected to bring in $12 million for Columbia's parks over the next five years.
Mike Hood, Director of the Park and Recreation Department, said the voters voted on a specific list of projects that would be done on the ballot.
"What we talked about with the City Council was basically a time line or a schedule for implementing all of those projects," Hood said.
It includes major changes to Atkins Memorial Park, Gans Creek Recreation Area and the Grindstone Trail.
The Atkins Memorial Park plan includes adding a new baseball field, concession stand and restrooms.
The development of the Gans Creek Recreation Area will be the most expensive of the new facilities, costing $1.75 million.
The Grindstone Trail is in the early part of the five year plan and is expected to be completed in two years.
Gary Kespohl, Third Ward City Council Representative, said he is happy with the plans.
"They're starting off with some really basic plans, then they get into pretty expensive plans like the development of Gans Creek, and so forth, so their plans seem to be pretty good to me," Kespohl said.
The proposed plan now goes to the Parks and Recreation Commission. After that, it goes back before the City Council for a vote on December 20th.