Despite the stipulation that promised ten acres of land to be gifted to the city for the purpose of building a new city hall, the landowner/developer of Triple Creek gave the city just two, then offered additional acreage at $20 thousand/acre. In a compromise orchestrated by Council Steve Hatfield, the city council agreed to purchase three more acres totaling five to accommodate the city’s future growth.
The vote to purchase 10 additional acres, which was deceitfully conceived for when the two council members that had been opposing it were absent on vacation, is another one of those “smartly planned” maneuvers by Councilman Patrick Short and the Mayor to have room to someday build a park on agricultural land that we were told “was far below market value” ($20K/acre).
A park in a community of 1.5 acre homesteads?
Why would a community, where the building standards are now a minimum of 1.5 acres per homestead, need a park? Most who can afford to build in McLendon-Chisholm have chosen this city for the wide open spaces…in their own back yards. It’s not uncommon to see yards with baseball & soccer fields. Swimming pools and kid’s playhouses are more common than not and most avid golfers can be found chipping away in their own front yards.
Is revenue in our future?
Mayor Moody envisions a sports complex, where the city might install a baseball, soccer & or football fields for recreational or competitive sports. This way the city could do as Rockwall & Rowlett does & rent out portions of the park for birthday’s or sporting events. The city can make as much as $200 per day doing this! Wow!!!
However, our public schools have outstanding facilities where most children will play competitive sports. Many are in leagues in cities like Rockwall & Rowlett, where the added cost for a non-resident to participate is minimal, but it is only assessed on those who participate, while everyone will pay for McLendon-Chisholm park facilities, regardless. What will the cost be to taxpayers to build, maintain, & periodically update a city park? We don’t know & neither does our smartly planning mayor.
The Quail Creek subdivision has the only dedicated park (soon Sonoma Verde will dedicate theirs) in McLendon-Chisholm complete with (outdated) playground equipment and two covered picnic tables, which most neighbors agree is a wonderful and unique featureI, though very few ever actually use it (they are also trying to raise $10,000 to update & improve it).
So, why is a city park is a good idea? If you figure it out, please let us know!