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Park expansion to cost more than $500,000

By Melissa Crowe
Nov. 26, 2012 at 5:26 a.m.
Updated Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:27 a.m.


BY THE NUMBERS

Total parks system contains 847 acres.

• Riverside Park is the largest in the system and contains 565 total acres.

• Brownson Park is the smallest, containing less than one acre.

• Lone Tree Creek Park is the newest in the system.

Victoria City Council unanimously approved setting aside $530,000 to purchase about 20 acres of property that will expand a city park.

Most of Monday's special meeting was held in closed session to negotiate the city's bid on the property.

The location of the property and park has not been released.

Mayor Will Armstrong said he is hopeful the legal department will be successful in the purchase.

"Almost everything we do is for the next generation, and park land certainly qualifies as an investment for the future," Armstrong said.

Councilman Paul Polasek said the amount of money is a good deal.

The funds were transferred from the general fund to the parks department.

"We want the people to get the best deal possible," Polasek said. "We're protecting their own interests."

City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz would not comment on property specifics but said he thinks the deal will be complete by mid-December.

"If we talked about it in public, it could affect our negotiations," Gwosdz said.

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