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Park Bond Referendum

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.

A yes vote

Park Priority Cost
  • Develop and implement a Natural Resource Management plan to include removing invasive species, correcting and stabilizing river/creek shoreline erosion, and managing tree and prairie restoration.  
$500,000
  • Construct trails to eliminate gaps in current trail system.
  • Develop and implement a sign system to help people get to where they want to go on local trails.
  • Install trail lighting to improve safety. 
$2,400,000
  • Redevelop and develop large neighborhood parks, including, but not limited to Lakeland, Hartkopf and Norwood Park.
  • Renovate park buildings used for recreation programs, including, but not limited to Willowstone, Monroe and Northwoods parks.
  • Add kitchen facilities at River and Central park shelters.
  • Install and construct park buildings and construct large capacity picnic shelter(s) within the park system.
$13,100,000
Renovate Community Activity Center to improve customer service and experience.
  • Make customer service desk and program space ADA compliant.
  • Renovate the front entrance to include a lounge area and upgraded restrooms.
  • Designate program space specifically for senior fitness and activities, and adult programs. 
$4,000,000
Develop a baseball field with a grandstand, restrooms and concession areas
Install lighting at Park Center High School for evening use of proposed new turf fields.
Redevelop multi-use field space to include space for soccer, lacrosse and cricket.
$2,600,000
  • Develop an additional Teen/Recreation Center to serve youth. 
$2,000,000
Implement Phase I of the Eidem Farm Master Plan
  • Develop and implement a self-directed interpretative site plan.
  • Construct a building to provide restrooms, classroom space and offices to improve the customer experience and expand programming. 
$1,400,000
Total $26,000,000

 

An impact to taxes

If the bond referendum is approved, tax payers will see an increase on their property taxes. The increase is based on the value of your property. For example:

Bond Amount Annual tax impact on a median home valued at $214,800 Monthly tax impact on a median home valued at $214,800
$26,000,000 $58.11/yr $4.84/mos

 

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

November 1997

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.

March 2017

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.

June 2017

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.

March 2018

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.

June 2018

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.

 
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