By Garin Groff for East Valley Tribune
A parks bond package heading to Mesa voters this November has grown by $5 million to boost the number of improvements the city can make to its aging parks. [AZBEX published a complete list of the projects with estimated amounts on June 12]
The new $70 million tab for parks investment came about after residents told parks officials they wanted more upgrades than what the city shared with them in an initial proposal, said Marc Heirshberg, parks director.
While the bonds would fund new parks, trails and renovations, Mesa plans to spend all of the additional $5 million on modernizing tired parks.
The city identified $44 million in needs at existing parks, and the initial plan would have only funded 16 percent of that, Heirshberg said. The larger bond amount will fund 27 percent.
The renovations will include shade structures, improving irrigation systems and — depending on what residents want at their neighborhood park — adding or reducing turf. Mesa would replace some playgrounds, which are 13 years old on average. One of the city’s 57 playgrounds is 27 years old.
Mesa had identified $131 million in needed park improvements. The city got feedback from residents this spring at a number of public meetings and online, and then focused on placing the most in-demand items in the bond proposal.
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|Renovation and Enhancement Park Projects (Update)||$29.8M|
|Existing Park Improvements (Update)||Review entire parks system and prioritize the replacement of aging play structures and installation of shade over play equipment. Improved irrigation systems to ensure maximum efficiency. Lighting improvements for optimal design and efficiency|