2019 Legislative Session
Wilderness in the City Public Testimony, 4/3/2019
HF653/SF2444 bill includes more than $40 million in Parks and Trails Legacy Fund appropriations for the Metropolitan Regional Parks System. The bill was heard in the House Legacy Finance Division hearing on 4/3. The Senate version was heard on Wed., 3/27. Both bills moved through respective committees.
Included in the $40 million appropriation is $1.2 million for undefined projects within Spring Lake Park Reserve, construction projects for maintenance sheds, administrative buildings, wave pool reconstruction, and significant additional capital development projects within this nature-based parks system. Notably lacking from the list are natural resource restoration projects.
Wilderness in the City has consistently expressed concerns regarding conflicts in the project approval process and spending for construction which has negatively impacted the natural resource base of these parks. We are advocating for changes to the project approval process, and a rebalance of spending to better meet citizens expectations for Legacy investments.