The Brooklyn Park City Council recently approved placing a $26M Natural Resource Protection and Park Improvement Bond Referendum on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot. Voters will be asked to vote "yes" or "no" to allow the city to issue up to $26M in bonds for park and natural resource reinvestments and improvements.
What a “no” vote means
If voters do not approve the park bond referendum, the city will continue maintaining the current park system but will not reinvest in existing and new park buildings, enhancing community trails, constructing facilities for older populations, or developing multi-use field space within the park system.
Your vote matters—vote on Nov. 6
How we got to today
Voters approved an $8.6M General Obligation Park Bond. The bond supported investing in neighborhood and community parks, special use facilities, acquiring land and developing athletic complexes. The city’s current bond debt payment for the 1997 park bond is approximately $1.1 million annually. In February 2019, the bond debt will be paid off.
The City Council approved developing a 10-year Parks and Recreation System Plan. Development included gathering community feedback through community events and surveys. The feedback shaped the community’s priorities and vision for the 10-year Parks and Recreation Reinvestment Plan.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL), a nonprofit park advocacy group, researched and developed a feasibility study analyzing financial options for reinvesting in recreation and park facilities. The funding approach that aligned with the needs identified was a General Obligation Bond.
The city conducted an Aquatic Feasibility Study to define elements to be included in a potential aquatic facility and to determine the cost to build and operate a facility. The results identified six Aquatic Concept Plans and the associated costs.
To assist the city in determining the community’s willingness to support further investment in the parks and recreation system, the TPL surveyed 400 likely November 2018 Brooklyn Park voters. The survey tested voter attitudes toward supporting a parks and recreation bond and/or an aquatic center bond. A majority of Brooklyn Park voters (72%) would support an $18M parks and recreation bond, with 62% supporting a bond if increased to $26M.