Parks Need an Overhaul

In today’s Progress, John Yellig writes about the state of Charlottesville’s parks:

A city-sponsored needs assessment by PROS Consulting LLC, a consulting firm specializing in public facilities, found that Charlottesville’s aging park system needs $33 million in upgrades to bring it up to modern standards.

“The majority of parks look ‘tired’ and lack the strong image value that enhances neighborhood, the community and creates a strong advocacy,” states the 69-page document, presented to the City Council last week. “The city of Charlottesville is locked into a 1960’s mindset as it applies to recreation centers.”

$20M of that is to deal with rec centers and pools, $13M for the parks themselves. Council will figure out what to do in a month or two.

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