Brooklyn Park to Put Park Bond Referendum Before Voters
Come November, voters in Brooklyn Park will decide whether to support a $26 million park bond referendum. The money is part of a 20-year investment in the city’s park system.
“I think it’s very important that the people of Brooklyn Park have a voice,” says Brooklyn Park Council Member Terry Parks about the referendum. “This is up to them now.”
If the referendum is approved, it would cost a homeowner $4.84 a month for a median home value of $214,800.
The money would be used over the next two decades to invest in priorities that could include redeveloping large neighborhood parks, improving park buildings, developing trails and possible renovations to the Community Activity Center.
Brooklyn Park Mayor Jeff Lunde says he feels comfortable with the $26 million ask for the park bond referendum because it could end up being less.
“If we get some things that help drive that cost down, if we decide to make some changes, if we find money elsewhere, then we don’t have to spend that much,” says Lunde. “The voters know we will spend no more than this much. We also know it’s not all going to happen on day one. It’s going to get spread out over the course of a 20-year period.”
Referendum Will Not Include Aquatic Facility
The park bond referendum will not include money for an aquatic facility, though the effort to bring a pool to Brooklyn Park could still be pursued with the help of community partners.