Pipe up on parks
Our View Editorial
We listened with interest Monday as the Baldwin City Council was given a presentation on the Parks Master Plan, which outlines recreational improvement suggestions for the next 25 years.
It’s an ambitious plan and one that takes into account what residents who answered a survey last year said they wanted. But there were only 170 responses to that survey. That’s not many from a city with a population of roughly 4,000.
Those 170 people said the biggest priority should be hiking and biking trails, followed by improvements to existing parks.
Phase 1 of the hike/bike plan has a price tag of $650,000. The city has applied for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant that would pay for 80 percent of that. If the grant is approved, great. If not, we doubt the hike/bike plan will happen any time soon.
Improvements to parks, most notably providing restroom facilities, would be much less expensive. Would more people benefit? Hard to say.
What do you think should be done with the new quarter-cent sales tax for quality-of-life projects? Let the council know – now – before any money is spent. And let us know. We’re curious.