Archive for Thursday, February 4, 2010

Pipe up on parks

Our View Editorial

February 4, 2010

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.


BaldwinDad 8 years, 3 months ago

If the council goes ahead with the hike/bike trails at a cost of $650k, you can be sure anyone on the council pushing for this will not only lose my vote but will make sure that I volunteer to help campaign against them next election cycle.

While I agree with some recreational improvements, the cost for these trails is outrageous and unwarranted give they will hardly be accessible to half the town given their location in Fire-tree.

Also given the poor state of our other infrastructure issues and the lack of proper funding for Fire Dept/Police. I can't see how this will benefit the city as whole. When the biggest reason that most people give for leaving or not moving to our community is not the lack of recreational improvements, but its the exorbitant costs in regards to taxes and utilities.

Seems like REALLY irresponsible spending on the part of our City Council at this point.


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