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LPRC tables talks of purchasing Kirksville park

The idea of buying the privately owned Kirkville park has been criticized by local voters. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

Kirksville's Lakes Park and Recreation Commission tabled discussion to possibly acquire Bowcock Park.

Members discussed recent comments made to the media by the assistant city manager about the city possibly purchasing the World War I memorial.

The idea of buying the privately owned Kirkville park has been criticized by local voters.

According to committee members, some worry the Parks and Rec Sales Tax, a half-cent sales tax approved in April’s municipal election, would be used to pay for the park rather than the capital improvement projects.

“It is not a part of the long-range plans and part of the goals when citizens voted for the half-cent sales tax,” said Commission Member Ron Gaber.
“Until such time those can be realized we should be cautious in obtaining new park facilities,” Gaber said.

Goals for the revenue from Kirksville’s new Parks and Rec Sales Tax include a new aquatic center, a new community center and improvements at the various city parks.

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