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New city policy to affect parks leases

February 09, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

City officials are considering changes to the way they lease parks to user groups as a result of recent struggles to decide who should get rights to use Fairgrounds Park.

The city has lease agreements with 11 groups at five parks, according to information provided Tuesday to the City Council at its work session.

Those groups generally maintain the property, but do not pay the city annual fees to lease the park.

The council on Tuesday approved moving forward with a new policy that would generally grant five-year leases for park user groups, and give those who obtain leases with the city a greater likelihood of being able to stay at the park they lease over the long term - especially those that have made improvements at the parks they use.

The proposals came about after discussions between the city and two groups that wanted to use the softball fields at Fairgrounds Park.

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