Despite loss, MetroParks board moving forward on improvement projects
Despite revenue losses totaling nearly $414,000, Mill Creek MetroParks commissioners are forging ahead on a variety of improvements and projects they say can no longer be ignored.
“It’s more a destination for families than just a playground,” Dennis Miller, Mill Creek MetroParks’ executive director, said after a special meeting Saturday in Pioneer Pavilion to approve an
$11.9 million operating budget for 2013.
Miller was referring to the main portion of the Wick Recreation Area, which will entail completing several playgrounds as well as electrical work and plantings. Commissioners set aside $250,000 for that project.
Miller expressed concern that delaying needed work throughout the park will escalate the costs and time to complete the projects at a time of shrinking revenue. For example, $85,000 was allocated for major repairs to the Ford Nature Center, which for years has had a leaking flat roof and rotted wood in several areas, as well as the need for new windows, drywall and dormers.
Other top priorities for the park this year include infrastructure upgrades to numerous facilities.
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