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Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board will present its bond recommendations to the council Tuesday

Keeping up with local government can be tricky, and even seasoned veterans have difficulty deciphering agenda items at times.

So with our "What's On Deck" posts, we'll pick an upcoming agenda item (or two), fill you in and — when necessary — try to break through the city-speak.

The headliner at this week's Lake Oswego City Council meeting is a discussion about how to spend the estimated $30 million generated by a park bond approved by voters this past May. On the heels of several discussions and community outreach efforts, the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Advisory Board will present its bond recommendations to the council at the meeting tomorrow, July 16.

What are the recommendations?

Based on its outreach efforts, the park board ranked its top six projects that could be funded by the bond:

— Swimming pools took the top spot, with the board recommending that the City contribute $2 million in bond funds for the construction of a new pool facility that would cost an estimated total of about $22 million

— New fields ranked second, with the board recommending $4 million be spent on projects that would total out at $7 million

— Trails ranked third; the board recommended $1 million be allocated to an estimated $4 million effort

— A recreation center/golf course remodel ranked fourth, with the board recommending $12 million be spent on a project estimated at $19 million

— Rounding out the list were land acquisition/open space ($4 million in bond funds to be spent on a $6 million project) and repairs/replacements at existing facilities ($4 million to be spent on an $8 million effort).

What's next?

After the park board presents its recommendations, it will be up to the City Council to decide how to divide up the funding.

Where can I learn more?

The full staff report for the discussion can be found here.


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