Metro Parks’ proposed budget would boost capital projects

on Tuesday, 26 November 2013.

$1.25 million for the Camp Chase railroad trail

Metro Parks plans to spend more than $5.3 million on capital improvements next year, including $2.5 million for the long-awaited development of Rocky Fork Metro Park in northeastern Franklin County.

The improvements, which also include $1.25 million for the Camp Chase railroad trail and $100,000 for bocce-ball courts and other work at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, are part of the parks district’s proposed $27.9 million 2014 budget that parks officials are to discuss today.

Metro Parks reduced development and property purchases this year because of worries about state budget cuts and declining revenue from local property taxes.

But revenue losses in 2013 were not as large as expected, although property-tax collections did drop by $300,000. By Mark Ferenchick  The Columbus Dispatch  Tuesday November 26, 2013