Regarding the recent Spokesman-Review article (“Park moves forward without rides,” Sept. 16, 2018), people in this town forget or don’t care about our tax dollars.
In 1999, the Park Board told the voters that Riverfront Park was “not self sustaining” … check that quote out. We were asked for money to purchase the North Bank so “revenue-generating attractions” could be put in … check that quote out too. We were told that we must buy that land, and revenue-generating attractions would be put there;, or Riverfront would fall into disrepair, the bridges would fall apart, and there wasn’t enough money to mow and water the lawns.
So we approved a $14,975,000 park bond for the city’s parks, with several millions going into Riverfront and the purchase of the North Bank.
Now after 19 years, the Park Department says no attractions will go on the North Bank. So in other words, the Park Department is saying, “Just joking, we didn’t need all your tax money in 1999, and we didn’t need to purchase the North Bank for those necessary ‘revenue-generating attractions’ Haha, what a buncha fools you sheep are.”
We could put in a first-class amusement park on the North Bank, as promised and paid for The selling point in 1999 was the North Bank is separate from the main park, and would be easy to close off in the winter. At one point, a 300 ft mini Space Needle was to be built next to the Pavilion, and a People Mover down Howard Street. We were conned and lied to by the Park Department, so the people in this town should demand a refund on our property taxes.