Building an aquatic center would be $20 million.
Installing 12 turf fields and constructing a stadium would add $13 million.
Add lights, sidewalks, paths, roads and parking lots, and it’s $6 million more.
The city of Frederick has a plan to develop the 148-acre Hargett Farm on Butterfly Lane into a regional park, but it doesn’t have the $51.3 million needed to make it happen.
The city’s Board of Aldermen heard an update Wednesday from city staff on the possibilities for Hargett Farm, open farmland that the city purchased for $18 million in 2009.
Roelkey Myers, the city’s deputy director of parks and recreation, presented a draft map of the land that included the aquatic complex, turf fields, stadium, two playground areas, five large pavilions, a maintenance building, a track, an adventure park and a walking path.
The idea is to come up with a general map of the plan to be able to show other public and private organizations that may be interested in partnering with the city for the park, Myers said.
This gets the ideas down on paper, said Mayor Randy McClement.
The aldermen said they liked the general plan, but some had concerns about committing to such an expensive plan without seeing more information on what residents want on the land, and what the city’s return would be.
“I want to understand how the pieces fit before committing to a concept plan that moves us toward that way,” Alderman Josh Bokee said.
The city should be looking back at a survey it did that asked residents what should go on the property, and asking for more feedback from residents, the Planning Commission and the Green Team, Alderwoman Kelly Russell said.
Russell suggested the city set up a separate meeting to get more public comment on the proposed plan.
“I think we are missing an opportunity if we don’t take this to get some public comment on it,” she said.
Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak said she felt comfortable moving forward with the plan.
The debate over whether to move forward with a regional park on the Hargett Farm has been going on since Mayor Jeff Holtzinger’s administration purchased the property.
The city bought the land using tax-exempt bonds, which means that it is restricted to certain general government uses at least until 2019, when the bonds could be refinanced. The city pays about $1.5 million annually for debt service on the land.
The city has about $276,437 available in its capital improvements program this upcoming budget year, which begins July 1, for constructing the road entrance to the park. But McClement said he doesn’t want to move forward with that project until there is a general draft of the park design.
“We want to make sure we are doing it right,” he said.
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