A More Playful Town
In March 2013, voters authorized the Town to issue up to $7.15 million in Parks and Recreational Bonds. The bonds are to be used for these general purposes:
- Improving and expanding the existing park, greenway and recreational facilities
- Acquiring and constructing new park, greenway and recreational facilities
- Improving Garner Performing Arts Center and the acquisition of any related land, rights of way and equipment
As of summer 2017, these bonds have funded numerous completed projects: the North Garner Dog Park (in Garner Recreational Park on Garner Road), Lake Benson Dog Park (in Lake Benson Park), dugout covers and new concessions buildings at South Garner and Garner Recreational parks, fencing around soccer fields at South Garner Park, a new picnic shelter at Garner Recreational Park and a state-of-the-art mobile stage for special events.
Future projects to be funded entirely or in part by these bonds include the Garner Recreation Center at Main and Montague streets (expected to be completed in the middle of 2018; see the video below for a computerized, animated rendering), an additional parking lot as well as lighting and covered sidewalks at Garner Performing Arts Center and possible greenways in yet-to-be-determined parts of town.