Shenandoah City Council seeks input on parks, hears Stagg Bowl results

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Residents in Shenandoah will be able to provide input on what kind of new park will be coming to the city and where it will be located prior to an upcoming town hall meeting.

The plan, according to Public Works Director Joseph Peart, will be to create an online survey ahead of the upcoming town hall meeting in order to get a better understanding of what residents want.

The survey will allow participants to choose from five places for potential parks and five kinds of parks to go into the places. The selections will be as follows:

• Cedarwood Reserve (3 acres)
• Rosewood Reserve (3 acres)
• Pool Greenspace (2.4 acres)
• End of Holly Hill (4.3 acres)
• Open space at Shenandoah Park and David Memorial (1 acre)

Public Works Director Joseph Peart detailed locations where potential future parks can be in Shenandoah. (via City of Shenandoah)

Residents will be able to submit feedback on whether they would like a community garden, dog park, playground, walking path or wooded picnic area in the proposed areas.

“I really like the idea of asking the public before we go out and design a bunch of parks,” Council member Michael McLeod said during the Feb. 13 council meeting. “Let’s ask them what they think they want.”

Peart said he is waiting on a confirmation date for the town hall meeting before he makes the survey. Once a decision is reached, it will be posted within one week.

Stagg Bowl shows strong return on investments

After hosting the 2018 Stagg Bowl, Shenandoah Convention and Visitors Director John Mayner III updated the City Council on what benefits the city saw as a whole during the Feb. 13 meeting.

The Stagg Bowl is the National Collegiate Athletics Association Division III football championship and was held at Woodforest Bank Stadium. The city is set to host the championship again this year.

Mayner estimated an attendance of 6,816 to the Stagg Bowl, many of which he said were from outside of the area, some even traveling from New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The visitors from other states, Mayner said, likely stayed in the city for more than just one day.

The event cost around $186,685 to host, but Mayner said he estimates there was a range from a low of a 6:1 to a high of 15:1 return on investment to the city through direct and indirect sales to visitors.

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  1. The one thing no one ever acknowledges is that every cent government spends was earned by hard working taxpayers. This money should only be spent when it is absolutely essential to the operation of the government. There is simply no need for another park in our city. If we have that much money either give it back to the taxpayers or save it for a rainy day.

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