Charge for-profit elite youth soccer teams a fair price for using public spaces. Currently the price is artificially low - use the money to fund field maintenance.
Offer annual memberships (perhaps in the range of $240 to $350 a year) to public swimming pools (in addition to a per-use option). People who lap swim regularly would still consider this a good deal (over paying per-use) and you could even have an "elite tier" for frequent swimmers (for an increased annual fee) who have special lap-swim hours not available to the general public.
When times were good ('08) we established millions in the levy. Now we need them for basic day to day operations. Soon to be laid off Parks employees are meeting with neighborhoods asking where they’d like a new park, even though we can't care of what we have! Retool the levy - we can't afford it now. Let's be smart enough to admit that and work hard to try and change the law now that the situation is changed.
Rather than cutting Environmental Learning Center programs, suggest you make all of them have at least some charge to attendees (it is wonderful to have them free, but would rather have them at $2-10/visit than not at all). Look for concerned community members with skills in marketing to help better promote these events. They would have value to the many members of the community but I feel folks are just unaware of the ...more »
Install American made wind turbines to generate electricity and revenue in all city property that is 10 contiguous acres or more.
Do not transfer money from the Office of Arts and Culture to Parks and Recreation. Money that is spent through the OAC is economic development- providing jobs, creating events- all of which maintains jobs, stimulates revenue, spending, tourism and taxes. Langston Hughes is mostly an inactive organization that does not make the same impact (audience numbers and quality of life impact) that the hundreds of organizations ...more »
Parks always seem to get the backend of the "General Fund"..... what is with that prehistoric issue? Green paint for bicycle lanes? Wow talk about bad use of public funds. In good times that might work, but not right now. Also - since we lose so much money on-going to the light rail, etc., don't add insult to injury with this bicycle mess. Really - Mayor that is NOT the reason you were elected...NOR the City Council... ...more »