A comprehensive assessment of the city’s 41 parks and recreation facilities identified $5.9 million in unfunded capital needs alone over the next five years, which city officials said is needed to pay for new playground equipment, bathroom and picnic area renovations, and other repairs.
This year, city officials have allocated roughly $2 million for capital projects, which include restroom renovations at Mountain View and Ralph Foy parks, along with the city’s contribution to infrastructure improvements at Johnny Carson Park.
An additional $350,000 has been set aside this year to cover ongoing maintenance needs at city facilities, such as irrigation improvements, patching holes in fences, resurfacing courts and graffiti removal, officials said.
“We’re going to have to work hard at prioritizing all of those needs and using those dollars wisely,” said Judie Wilke, director of park, recreation and community services. “Because of this assessment, we’re going to be in a much better position now to really articulate our needs.”