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Feedback wanted on recreation

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2002

Columbia County recreation officials want to hear from you.

They're planning for the county recreation department's future and want to get public comments on the recently released Recreation Master Plan.

"This is a 360-degree look at our entire department," said Frank Neal, the county's director of community services.

Copies of the plan are available at Savannah Rapids Pavilion and at Patriots Park and on the internet at:

"We'll take all those comments and incorporate them into the final draft," Neal said.

The plan - drawn up by Lose and Associates, a landscape architectural and consulting firm - offers recommendations on funding, organizational structure, programs and facilities during the next 10 years. It calls for more than $77 million in projects.

The lists "wishes" were derived from a survey of county residents, from interviews with recreation staff and from a series of public meetings.

"This gives us a road map to guide up in recreation as a department and for facilities in the community," Neal said.

The draft plan offers four options for funding the improvements to existing facilities and the addition of new parks. Those options range from revenue bonds to a combination that dedicates a portion of existing - or increased - property taxes, and a share of the sales tax.


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