County board Chair Mary Hynes said yesterday that parents have been asking her when playgrounds will be installed at Long Bridge Park in Crystal City. The parents, Hynes said, bring their children to soccer, and while one plays, the others get bored.
The playgrounds were planned for 2016 to 2017, but they will be moved up after the board votes on the Capital Improvement Program at its regular meeting tomorrow morning.
Design and implementation will begin this year with a $1.4 million budget. The money most likely will come from "close-out" funding, the money in the county's coffers after the fiscal year ends. The money had been part of the 2016 planned bond referendum. The money will be moved from that line in the CIP.
The discussion of the park was part of a larger discussion about the budget for the county's land acquisition. Set at about $13 million now, the board would like to see that number closer to $30 million over a 10-year period. After an hour-long discussion about how to move money in various budgetary lines on the Capital Improvement Program, the board decided to leave all that be and simply make notes and give direction to county staff to this effect.