Thank you Hallandale Beach voters for supporting the Parks Master Plan initiative to improve all City parks by the year 2020. Parks are the lifeblood of a community. They touch the lives of all residents, from infants to seniors, providing areas to play and quiet areas to rest and reflect. By a wide margin, 64.74% to 35.26%, voters backed the issuance of up to $58.5 million in general obligation bonds to redesign and rebuild aging parks, and to develop new parks.
Rest assured, your City Commission and City staff are fast at work preparing bond documents and seeking proposals to provide the quality parks you desire. We will be holding meetings to listen to your ideas and will work at a fever pitch to bring the best of those ideas to fruition. These are your parks, our parks, a place for all residents and visitors.
Your support culminates years of work and meetings that included conceptual plans for all the City’s parks and park properties. It was from these meetings that City leaders determined the desires of the residents to update existing parks and build modern facilities to meet the changing needs of the community. We listened and developed a program that we believe met the goals you set forth. Your vote proved the City is headed in the right direction.
ON TIME and UNDER BUDGET:
Prior to this bond, the City financed renovations to Joseph Scavo Park, B.F. James Park and South Beach City Park. Through our meticulous and cost-conscience oversight, Joseph Scavo Park was delivered on time and $100,000 under budget and B.F. James Park opened on time and $30,000 under budget. We look forward to the early 2015 opening of South Beach Park and are working to try and keep this project on time and under budget. North Beach Park also is under construction through a public-private venture at no cost to the taxpayers and residents. North Beach Park also is expected to open in the first quarter of 2015.
ABOUT THE BOND:
After discussions with investment agencies, the City has determined it is more economical for residents to issue just one bond instead of issuing bonds in two phases. This will allow the City to design multiple parks at the same time and begin work on each park as soon as the designs have been approved.