Raleigh officials took their time, about 18 months, to take the public’s pulse on needed improvements in parks and recreation facilities, and the list that emerged for approval by voters Nov. 4 is sound and balanced. The News & Observer offers its endorsement of the bond package.
Of the roughly $92 million in spending the bonds would provide, much would go toward improving and maintaining current facilities. Some $12.5 million, for example, would be used to renovate John Chavis Memorial Park. Another $8 million would go for aquatics, a real need in a growing city. A Baileywick community center would need $12 million.
But other expenditures would replace the Pullen Arts Center, install needed lighting at some recreation sites and improve playgrounds. Much-used Shelley Lake would get a “comfort station.” Greenways, ever more popular and thankfully more numerous in Raleigh, would get millions in improvements, which are needed considering the increased traffic on them.
And the city would use some of the money to buy and develop other parcels of land, again an important priority for a growing city with thousands of residents arriving since significant money has been spent in this area. The city needs these improvements, and surely residents will see that.