On April 2, 2019, Parkville residents were asked to vote on Proposition P, a referendum to impose a sales tax of 1/2 of one percent for the purpose of providing funding for local parks, including land, facilities and operations for the City for a period of 10 years. Proposition P was approved by 68.82% and took effect on October 1, 2019.
Shall the City of Parkville, Missouri, be authorized to impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent for the purpose of providing funding for local parks including land, facilities and operations for the City for a period of 10 years?
The sales tax is estimated to provide approximately $500,000 each year to improve the city’s parks and recreation facilities. Over a ten year period, these funds would be supplied to building new park and recreation facilities and maintaining existing facilities.
The City of Parkville maintains over 200 acres of parkland, including English Landing Park, Platte Landing Park, the Parkville and Sullivan nature sanctuaries and several neighborhood parks.
The 2016 Parks Master Plan was created to provide a road map for the utilization, development and expansion of Parkville’s current and future park system. The total cost to complete the recommendations in the Plan is estimated between $4.8 million and $7.7 million. Prior to Proposition P, funding averaged $150,000 annually for maintenance and new projects. Grants contributed up to $50,000 annually. At the previous rate of funding, the Plan was estimated to take 24 to 38 years to complete.
The Community Land and Recreation Board (CLARB) prioritized projects for improvements to the City’s park system. The top three priorities included 1) trail connectivity; 2) completion of the ballfields and multipurpose fields in Platte Landing Park; and 3) upgrade to and maintenance of smaller neighborhood parks and trails that have a more direct impact to community members in the area. Other projects identified in the Parkville Parks Master Plan would also be considered for improvement.
The City is currently working on several projects using revenue from the parks sales tax. More information on these projects is available on our Park Projects page.
Projects CLARB would like to see completed include:
- Brush Creek Trail
- Completion of loop trail
- Completion of wetlands project
- Construction of multipurpose and baseball fields
- Additional parking to accommodate new amenities
- More trail connections within the city to improve access to as many residents as possible
Spring 2019 Parkville Newsletter