Liberty Lake revives plans for central park

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 9:47 AM

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. -- The city of Liberty Lake wants to spice up Downtown with a new central park.  The ‘Town Square Park’ project, however, is not a new idea.

The city wants to make sure the thousands of commuters who drive in from out of town every day stay even longer to help boost the local economy, by providing more parking and more fun for visitors.

“Liberty Lake is a very active community,” said City Administrator Katy Allen.  “I'll tell you there are more dogs, strollers, and leashes - we are a very, very active community,” she said.  “We like our parks.  We love our golf courses [and] trails.  This just compliments that.”

The city attempted the same project once before but failed.  In 2003, the city council approved moving forward with designing a central park.  Two years later, the City of Liberty Lake purchased 6.4 aces of land for $1.7 million for the project to have been paid off by 2020.  Voters in 2008, however, said no to approving $10 million to fund the park.  The proposal at that time also included a new library.
   
“Before we would ever put it back to the voters there is a tremendous amount of groundwork we would have to do and we would have to cover all our bases,” said Allen.   “The first thing we would have to do is ask our voters in 2013 and 2014 what you want and that may look different than 2008.”

Allen also said the city did not want to go into debt for the project, so plans to revive construction on a central park would be budgeted carefully.

Before any plans would go to a vote, the city asked for feedback from people on what a new park should look like.  Click here to weigh in.

 

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