The requested resource (/media/ksut/header/pb/header.html) is not available
Last updated 3:52PM ET
December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Council Nixes Three Springs Park Plan
(2007-08-22)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Soccer, Softball, Baseball and Lacrosse players and families may feel a bit alienated.
Initial funding to start construction of a 77 acre community park in Three Springs, including one new playing field, has been denied, and a 2005 debate over the use of tax money revived.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Durango City Parks Director Cathy Metz sought council approval to apply for a 750-thousand dollar Greath Outdoor Colorado grant.
That money would be matched with a like amount of city 2-A tax money to start work on one playing field and other amenities.
It would be phase one of a 20-year, 20-million dollar development on 77 acres donated to the city by Three Springs developers.
Dozens in attendance at the meeting from various sports groups voiced support last night, saying the city needs more soccer, softball, baseball, and lacrosse playing fields, a regional park would draw competitions and produce income for the community.
The City Council voted 4-1 in February to adopt the park master plan.
The present council, with three new members elected in April, last night voted 4-1 against the grant application, after grilling Metz about the park for more than an hour.
Some questioned funding to finish the park.
Others members questioned the need to build a park in an area that has yet to develop rather than develop new fields on existing city park land.
Other councilors opposed said the Three Springs Park isn't popular enough or a high priority item.
Councilor Scott Graham, an outspoken advocate of using 2-A money for open space acquisition, was the most outspoken councilor in opposition to the regional park.
In fact, when it came time to vote, he produced a 9-minute prepared statement he read to the audience, explaining his position saying it has nothing to do with park versus open space spending.
GRAHAM: HOW BEST ARE WE AS A COMMUNITY TO USE THE PARKS PORTION OF THE TAX DOLLARS WE VOTED FOR TO GET THE MULTIPURPOSE FIELDS WE ALL WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR COMMUNITY, AS QUICKLY, SUSTAINABLY AND COST EFFECTIVELY AS POSSIBLE. YOU HAVE A CHOICE WITH YOUR ANSWER, JUST AS WE DO ON CITY COUNCIL. YOU CAN CHOOSE THE OPTION BEING OFFERED TONIGHT, OR YOU CAN CHOOSE THE SECOND OPTION, THE IN TOWN OPTION, THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT A LITTLE BIT HERE.
Mayor Doug Lyon, who cast the only vote in support of seeking the park grant, disagreed saying the debate does boil down to open space versus parks funding.
LYON: LET'S FACE IT, YOU GOT TO REALLY NOT LIKE THE PARK TO WALK AWAY FROM 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM GREAT OUTDOORS COLORADO. YOU GOTTA NOT LIKE IT A LOT.
It's not clear what the vote means ultimately for the Three Springs Park.
Metz said after the meeting, she had no comment on the outcome.
From KSUT Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
© Copyright 2017, ksut