Improved City Parks
While the City has made significant improvements to our parks over the last 2 years (see the progress report here), our existing parks are in need of upgrading and maintenance. Scoreboards don’t work, ant beds line the fields, many of the facilities aren’t ADA compliant, equipment is broken, and other issues abound.
Part of this vision that will be funded by the bond is to provide upgrades and professional maintenance for the existing parks in Starkville.
There are lots of proposed items included in the vision including
- Renovation of McKee Park to include an enhanced walking track, additional and improved outdoor basketball and tennis courts, update/repair existing pavilions and restrooms, and the addition of a dog park.
- Addition of new soccer fields at the Sportsplex
- Bringing existing park facilities up to current safety guidelines including removal/replacement of broken or damaged play components, appropriate safety surfacing and fall zones, and appropriate number of accessible play components.
- Maintenance including remove/repair/replace broken benches, trash receptacles, tables, and grills; regular trash pickup; and create/enhance landscape areas.
For more details on the proposed plan, review the City of Starkville’s Comprehensive Parks Plan (PDF)
Tournament Quality Softball and Baseball Fields & New Soccer Fields
To read more about this plan, download the Cornerstone Park Master Plan from the City of Starkville’s website (PDF).
A side effect of hosting softball and baseball tournaments in our new facility may be economic growth and an increase in tax revenue for the City. As more people visit our city for these games, they will need places to stay, eat, and things to do.
New restaurants may be developed and existing restaurants may have more diners, especially during the typical downtime when students are gone. New hotels and motels may be developed and existing ones may have more reservations. We may even see more retailers open their doors to support the increased number of visitors.
The economic data shows that approximately 25-30% of the revenue from the 2% food and beverage fee comes from those who do not live in Starkville, but are visiting from other places. If we have a park facility that attracts additional people through Starkville as a desirable tournament destination then those tournaments will bring in as many as 1500 people on any given weekend at times in the city when we have no economic activity through the University programming. This is all new activity and new revenue.