New East Ridge Park Needs A Multi-Purpose Building

Friday, March 14, 2014

For a long time I have been an advocate of revitalizing the pool property in East Ridge. The location and convenience of this property best utilized would enhance the area and could generate needed revenue for the city of East Ridge.  

While I am not opposed to walking tracks, basketball courts and tennis, I believe the size and layout of this property could best serve the city and it’s citizens by incorporating a mid-size multi-purpose building for events within the scope of work. 

Every since the multi-purpose building was built in Camp Jordan it has flourished. I, myself, have rented this facility for events and know first hand that it generates revenue for the city. Unfortunately, its size and rental cost hinders those who desire a space for smaller events.  

The cost of a metal prefab building is economically feasible. It could create revenue for the city, create jobs and give a sense of safety to the public using the property by having city staff on premises. By keeping this building mid-size it would also allow ample space for the additional outside recreational activities the public desires. 

Bring recreation to the middle of East Ridge sounds great, but I hope the city explores all its options on this property before it starts any new development and monies are spent.  

John Tilley
Rossville


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