Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Boone Co. hears recreation plan

Parks, pools to cost $15.2M over 10 years

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        BURLINGTON — Brenda Solomon drives her children from Burlington to skate parks in Blue Ash and Middletown, and Paulette Delk heads from Petersburg to Loveland for the same reason.

        Tuesday, Boone Fiscal Court listened to a plan to keep them and others closer to home.

        A report by the Lexington consulting firm Brandstetter and Carroll Inc. listed five major recreation projects ranked as most important by county residents and proposed a plan to accomplish them and maintain other facilities.

        Over the next 10 years, the projects would cost an estimated $15.2 million.

        Ms. Delk called the plan “preventive medicine for our county,” and Ms. Solomon said spending money on parks keeps children from getting into trouble. “They'll find alternatives,” Ms. Solomon said. “They'll find something not acceptable.”

        Pat Hoagland, director of the recreation and planning division at Brandstetter and Carroll, said a survey of county residents listed five major recommendations:

        • Land acquisition ($8.5 million to buy 14 parcels totaling nearly 360 acres).

        • An aquatic center in the northern part of the county ($2.2 million).

        • A neighborhood park in Union ($500,000).

        • A park in Hebron ($300,000).

        • A skate park in Florence ($165,000).

        Mr. Hoagland said another $2.7 million will be needed for maintaining existing facilities and $50,000 for keeping up playgrounds at schools.

        Other items include parks in Verona, Belleview and Petersburg and a north riverfront park.

        Mr. Hoagland said possible funding sources include state and federal grants, bonds, new fees on developers and private land donations.

        No timetable was given for implementing the recommendations, but Judge-executive Gary Moore liked what he heard.

        “This is a beginning,” Mr. Moore said. “This is a work in progress.”

        Commissioners also passed an ordinance adopting the Union Town Plan for an 1,850-acre area in both the city and the unincorporated part of the county.

        The area is bordered by U.S. 42, the city of Union, the Plantation Pointe subdivision, Longbranch Road and Rice Pike.

        A town center would be created with a mixture of residential commercial and office uses.


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