FY2026 and FY2025-29 CIP: Together, we made a difference!

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On Tuesday, June 4, the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the proposed FY2025 annual budget and FY2025-2029 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) project list. 

We have been advocating since January for Park & Recreation to be fully funded in these two budgets. After spearheading a Park & Recreation budget petition, meeting with several county commissioners, speaking at both budget public hearings, watching all the relevant government meetings, working with partner organizations, and sending countless emails, we are proud to say that our campaign and your advocacy has been successful!

Here is what our collective voice achieved across the two budgets:

  • $50M for land acquisition
  • Additional $3M for capital reinvestment (previously referred to as deferred maintenance)
  • 15 new Park & Recreation staff positions
  • And funding for all of these projects
    • Little Sugar Creek Greenway – Parkwood Underpass
    • Irwin Creek Greenway – Clanton Road to Crestridge Drive
    • Irwin Creek Greenway – Crestridge Drive to Yorkmont Road
    • McDowell Creek Greenway – Catawba Ave (Smithville Park) to Westmoreland Road
    • Sugar Creek Greenway – Mounting Rock Road to Arrowood Road (design only)
    • Campbell Creek Park
    • Derita Park
    • Julian Underwood Park
    • Springfield Park
    • Yorkmont Park
    • Wayfinding

Thank you to the almost 1500 people who signed our petition, the folks who spoke at the January and May budget public hearings, those who emailed their county commissioners, and everyone who supported Park & Recreation this spring. It’s because of your voices that our shared greenspaces and recreational facilities are on track to thrive this coming year. 


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