“If we are going to go to the voters, we need to be able to say, ‘These are the projects we are funding, this is what it’s going to cost and here’s how we are going to go about it,’” Carruthers said.
City Manager Ben Bifoss said such talks are in the preliminary stages. No decisions have been made about what, if anything, to do with the money, he said.
“At some point, should (city residents) get the benefits of those funds, and if so, at what point and for what purpose?” Bifoss said.
The city is in the middle of a significant upgrade to Clinch Park. The $3 million upgrade will feature a splash pool, a rainfall fountain, an artesian well display, concession stand, terraces and new bathhouse with expanded restroom facilities.
The city has 33 other parks. Lauren Vaughn, parks and recreation superintendent, said there’s a need for upgrades to several neighborhood parks.
“We desperately need (an upgrade) with the West End Beach bathroom building," Vaughn said. "It definitely needs replacing or serious upgrading. We want to do some more with our neighborhood parks like Clancy Park, Indian Woods and Ashton. There needs to be an upgrading to some of the play equipment or other portions of the parks.”