According to this article in the StarTribune Burnsville is looking to raise an additional $30,000 on top of the $70,000 they have set aside to make improvements to its skateboard park and has taking the “radical” step of including the opinions of those who use the park to determine what changes should be made.
However, while citizen participation is hardly “radical” and should be the absolute minimum for any taxpayer funded project of this magnitude, especially ones where the City Staff are the furthest thing from experts on the topic, some in the public–including one StarTribune commenter–apparently do not feel that the $100,000 is a wise investment:
So the city can’t afford to mow boulevards and grass leading up to sidewalks and busy streets anymore, yet has money set aside for improvements at a skate park. Makes a whole lot of sense. Glad my tax dollars are being used so wisely once again.
Posted by: ticihg on July 5, 2011 at 12:39 AM
However, another commenter later replied that this cost would be a drop in the bucket compared to the much more expensive care needed when maintaining the numerous baseball fields across the city:
Maybe the tax dollars would be better spent on another baseball field that sits vacant 90% of the time. The cost of the refurb is probably a fraction of the cost to just maintain ballfields for a year and even in it’s current state, the skatepark is getting used.
Posted by: georgee on July 5, 2011 at 8:47 AM
So the question remains: is $100,000 a wise investment for the city? How many individuals would be required to make it a worthy expenditure? When compared to regular field maintenance is something which only requires upgrades once a decade a better item to spend tax dollars on? Should the city instead be spending this money on mowing instead? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.