Help small parks, too

Sep 16, 2019 8:21:42 AM by Press

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The bloom is off the rose when it comes to a bunch of Pittsburgh’s city parks. From fallen tree debris and deteriorating play equipment to a lack of expected amenities, the parks are in need of enhancement. That’s apparent from, well, a walk in the park.

The question is how to pay to bring them up to snuff.

A movement is under way to garner signatures for an election day referendum that would gauge voters’ interest in raising Pittsburgh’s property tax rate to create a dedicated stream of funding for park upgrades.

The city has some 165 parks. A half mill of property tax would raise about $10 million. And the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy said it would look to philanthropies for another $10 million. The conservancy estimates there’s a $400 million backlog of needed repairs and updates.

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