Although the city had told the public the Hall park construction would begin in 2010, there has been great concern that the city did not have enough money saved up to open the park. The official budget projections show Phase I as being under funded. The ETA, Council candidates and the Parks and Rec Commission have repeatedly asked city staff why the construction cost estimates are being withheld from the public. Staff respond by saying they do not want to share what has been provided by the consultant to date. They claim the information that has been submitted to the city indicates the costs will be substantially less than originally predicted and imply that funding is not an issue.
Mayor Bond was quoted yesterday in the NCTimes:
The proposed Hall property park, which is south of Santa Fe Drive and west of Interstate 5, may go from the planning stages into the early construction phase in 2011.
“We’re going to have to take a look at what we need, rather than what we want,” Bond said, adding that the city has most, but not all, of the money it will need for the first phase of construction.
The contract for the park construction plans has no deadlines within it.