At the last City Council Work Session, councilman Ted Mohn brought up the idea of another parks and recreation bond referendum. The 2012 parks and recreation bond referendum never made it to a public hearing for a vote. Councilman Mohn would like to send a referendum to the polls this November. The cost of having the referendum on the ballot would be minimal versus a non-election year when voter turnout would be relatively low.
The 2012 plan would have cost in excess of $54 million. Included in the package was a major sports complex/aquatic center costing the city and residents $26 million.
- sports complex – $5.7 million
- Cape Fear River Park – $5.5 million
- 2 community swimming pools – $4.4 million
- tennis complex – $2.8 million
- skateboard park – $636,388
- $800,000 in park renovations
- 3 community parks – 315,190
- land acquisition – $1.5 million
The council will continue the parks and rec discussion at the next work session meeting which will be held Monday, April 7th @ 5:00 pm. The work session is open to the public.
What Can You Do?
If you are in support of a new parks and recreation bond referendum or against, you can contact your district councilmember or contact the FRAR government affairs department.