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Parkland in the ETJ

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Parkland in the ETJ

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Parkland in the ETJ

  1. 1. City of College Station Parks and Recreation Department ---------------------------------------------------------------- Parkland in the ETJ – August 10, 2017
  2. 2. Why are public parks (& rec) important? Parks & Recreation Master Plan: • Neighborhood & Community Character • Property Value & Tax Revenue Enhancement • Health & Wellness • Protection of the Environment
  3. 3. Why look at land in the ETJ for parks? • Get out front of future city growth • Purchase when land costs are lower • “Land Bank” for future park use or protection of the land in a natural state
  4. 4. Parks & Greenways Properties • # of Parks: 58 (50 Developed) • Park Acreage: 1,374 • Greenways Acreage: 650 • Total Acreage: 2,024
  5. 5. 2016 NRPA Field Report METRIC NRPA FIELD REPORT COLLEGE STATION* Park land per 1,000 residents 9.5 acres 12.5 acres (18.5 acres with greenways) Park per residents 1 park per 2,277 1 park per 1,888 Staff members per 10,000 residents 7.4 6.2 (FT only); 9.78 (FT & PT FTEs) Operating expenditures per capita $76.44 $84.38 Recovery of operating expenditures through revenue generation 29% 11.8% *Based off of a population of 109,500
  6. 6. Acres of Park Land per 1,000 Residents (USA)
  7. 7. Parkland Dedication Ordinance • Proposed Changes: Recommendations by Parks & Recreation Advisory Board • Planning & Zoning on September 7 meeting • City Council Public Hearing on October 12 meeting
  8. 8. 8 Master Plan Projections To stay at current park service levels, an additional 218 acres of community parkland is needed by 2020.
  9. 9. 8 Current Parkland Acquisition Efforts Zone B: in negotiations for park land in ETJ, adjacent to city limits Zone A: currently searching for property and making inquiries to developers
  10. 10. Funding Sources for Parkland Purchases • General Fund / Debt • Parkland Dedication Ordinance • 2008 Bond “Revolving” Fund for Parkland Purchase ($1 M)

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