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The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Yolanda Jones 901-333-2014

Baseball stadium-seating at Snowden Grove Park, outdoor tennis courts, and indoor batting cages at Greenbrook Park are some of the park improvement projects Southaven plans to tackle in the next three years.

These projects are part of the city's amended parks and recreation expansion and enhancement plan that carries a price tag of $19 million - $16 million less than the city's former $35 million plan.

The city unveiled the revised parks improvement plan at Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting.

Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution adopting the revised plan that will be paid for with revenue from the city's 1-percent sales tax - "A Penny for Your Parks" - that was approved by voters in 2011.

Legislators recently approved extending the 1-percent tax until 2017. When legislators failed to extend the tax past three years or remove the expiration date, officials had to re-prioritize the city's proposed $35 million park plan based on the money the city receives from the tax.

"This is a more realistic plan based on the tax revenue we will receive," Mayor Darren Musselwhite said.

The parks improvement and enhancement plan has been divided into three-year, six-year and long-term projects.

The three-year projects include: $2 million for baseball stadium-seating at three baseball quads and restrooms at Snowden Grove; $400,000 for eight outdoor tennis courts; $250,000 for an enclosure to help with the noise at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater; and $250,000 for an office and indoor batting cages at Greenbrook softball complex. Total: $2.9 million.

The six-year projects include: $250,000 for a skate park at Snowden Grove Park and $500,000 for spray park at Snowden Grove Park. Total: $750,000.

Long-term projects that will be paid for with bonds and not sales tax revenue are also included in the parks improvement plans.

The much-talked about senior citizen activity building has been put on the long-term projects list. The building that the city estimated to cost $6.5 million now is expected to cost $3.5 million. Other long-term projects include new baseball fields, soccer fields, indoor and outdoor tennis courts.

The city can include other projects and also change priority and order.


April 2, 2014




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