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Council Member Ron Manning said he and his family frequently use the trails to bike and walk.
“Coon Rapids really does have a lot of parks that have been around for decades. At some point in time you have to do something before they deteriorate and people don’t want to go to them anymore. It’s a quality-of-life thing,” Manning said.
He likes the idea of improving parks and trail connections, but said he’ll put his personal opinion aside if survey results show residents don’t share his sentiment.
“It really is up to the citizens of Coon Rapids. It should be their choice when you get something this big,” he said.
If the referendum idea is scrapped or if the question does make the ballot and voters reject it, the city will continue on its current course, Manning said. It will pay for some parks repairs and improvements each year.
That’s the strategy in Cottage Grove after voters shot down a parks ballot measure in 2012. Voters also rejected a second measure to build a new community swimming pool.
“We heard no, so we are going to move on to other things,” said City Administrator Ryan Schroeder. “That doesn’t mean we won’t do parks improvements.”
It will just be at a more incremental pace, Schroeder said.
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