Parks Board To Hear Final Adjustments Tonight To Rec. Center/Colonial Park Recommendations

July 9, 2008

The West University Place Parks and Recreation Board will hear tonight what may be the final plan presented to council for the redevelopment of the West U. Recreation Center and Colonial Park. The meeting will take place at 6:30 at the Rec. Center, 4210 Bellaire Blvd.

“Our goal was to reexamine everything that was in the budget to date and determine if it was realistic,” said Parks Board Chair and subcommittee member Russ Schulze. “We looked at programming, we looked at the facilities and said how does all this fit – does it make sense? We have made some adjustments.”

The original recommendation was made to council in May, with a total cost coming in just under $15 million.

“I think the reductions we have made are very reasonable but they are not blowing program out the door or eliminating major features other than the deep water well,” said Schulze, referring to the elimination of a deep-water diving well in the Rec. Center plans. Schulze says that lowered the total cost by $600,000. That adjustment was made before council’s June workshop discussing the initial proposal.

“We have made some other final adjustments,” said Schulze.

If the board approves the recommendation, it will be presented to council at Monday night’s meeting. West U. City Manager Michael Ross expects the readings of the ordinance calling for the November bond election to occur at the July 28 and August 11 council meetings.

“W are comfortable that this is a very reasonable budget goal,” said Schulze. “We have stayed very conservative…more conservative than a lot of people say you usually see.”

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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