Mon, Jan. 20

Parks Contingency Fund renewed for 10 years

Forty percent of the voter-approved 1-percent local sales tax will continue to be dedicated for park use.

The Camp Verde Town Council unanimously agreed at its April 21 session to renew the town's park allocation for 10 years for the development and acquisition of parks and trailheads.

Among other things, the town is planning a new community park, hopefully to go on 223 acres of National Forest lands, commonly known as the old airport site. Estimated costs for the land is $1.8 million, not including construction. An estimated $2.4 million could be generated from the park allocation over the next 10 years, suggested Lynda Moore, assistant Parks and Recreation Department director.

The suggested Phase I of the proposed park would include ball fields only. Town Manager Bill Lee revealed, however (agreeing with Council member Tony Gioia's suggestion at Wednesday's meeting), that equestrian activities are likely to be pushed into the first phase also. The town recently purchased a large rodeo arena using the park allocation money.

Several in the audience encouraged the park contingency be continued — Bill Epperson, chair, Parks and Recreation Commission; Jim Ellington, Parks and Recreation Commission; Robert Foreman, chair, Planning and Zoning Commission, Ron Smith, Trails and Pathways Committee; Clint Teague, Parks and Recreation Commission; and Bob Reuna, Parks and Recreation Commission. It was initially approved for only four years.

Moore told the council that the current parks fund has $443,000 available in it. Larger items that have been purchased using designed park funds includes:

• $20,000 for lights at the skate park

• $55,000 for the rodeo arena

• $85,000 NEPA students and USFS agreement

• $60,000 Sunnyside Park

• $20,000; pay-off of second phase of Butler Park

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