Moore leaders seek funding for parks with $25.1 million bond issue

A $25.1 million bond issue and temporary sales tax would build a “wow factor” park and upgrade existing Moore parks, city officials say.
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Published: November 1, 2012
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Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $25.1 million bond issue for construction of what city officials are calling a “wow factor” park and a four-year, quarter-cent sales tax for improvements to existing parks.

“We're real excited about the possibility of both of these things,” City Manager Steve Eddy said.

A possible location for the park is a 48-acre site at Broadway Avenue and S Fourth Street, Eddy said. The undeveloped land, for which the city has acquired an option contract dependent on the outcome of the election, is just west of the railroad tracks that run through Moore.

The park would include a new aquatic facility, a community and recreation center, a multipurpose building with space for a farmers' market, an outdoor amphitheater with a stage and a two-mile multipurpose trail.

The proximity to the railroad tracks is not a disadvantage, Eddy said. “There are many venues you can find across the country where they have activities that are right at the railroad tracks,” he said.

In the future, the city could seek to acquire another 10 to 12 acres to add to the park, Eddy said.

The sales tax, if approved, would provide for upgrades to the city's 11 existing parks, create two parks on land already owned by the city and build a wall of honor to recognize veterans.



bond issue details

Proposition 1 (general obligation bond issue) would fund:

Land acquisition.

Construction of an aquatic facility.

Construction of a new community/recreation center.

Construction of a trail that would be suitable for walking and biking.

Construction of a multiuse building that would also house the farmers' market.

Construction of an amphitheater with stage.

Proposition 2 (quarter-cent, four-year sales tax) would build two new parks and fund improvements to the following features of the city's existing parks:

Playgrounds.

Restrooms.

Shaded areas.

Parking areas.

Athletic facilities.

Spraygrounds.

Picnic pavilions.

Walking trails.

Drinking fountains.

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