Charleston City Parks Improvements
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – With the help of a new master plan, residents of Charleston may soon see big improvements in the city’s 140 parks.
City officials have been working on a new 10-year plan that they say will be a roadmap for whatever the city wants to accomplish in parks.
Parks and Recreation Director Jason Kronsberg said it could become the city’s very first master plan for its parks and recreation department.
The recreation committee is due to vote on the plan on Tuesday.
Kronsberg says the project has been in the works for months. He says they compiled nearly 2,500 responses to the survey where the ministry asked the community what they needed and where.
The most important thing to remember is that the committee plans to start making repairs before building new parks, Kronsberg said.
âCitizens want us to take care of what we have first, and then look at the needs of the future,â Kronsberg said. âThere’s a lot with the new population, the demographic changes, the new undeveloped areas that are developing. “
At the top of the priority list are improvements such as more public washrooms in parks, bike and walking trails, kayak access and more.
Kronsberg says they are also looking to make repairs to the park, such as replacing broken sidewalks.
In order to make these upgrades, the committee says they still have to look for a source of funding. For this reason, officials say the master plan also includes a referendum on bonds.
The referendum will first have to be voted on by city council, then could go to voters in November.
âThere was overwhelming support that citizens would support a referendum on bonds,â Kronsberg said.
The committee is to vote on the plan at the recreation committee meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
If approved, then the plan will have to be voted on by the full board.
The committee meeting is open to the public. People can log in by calling 929-205-6099 and using the passcode: 87933354923
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