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The Goggins Lane Park Complex concept which was introduced to the city commission on Tuesday night at City Hall. 

BREAKING: The Richmond City Commission has unanimously approved an order approving purchase of 280 acres of property from Hanger Heirs on Goggins Lane and Tates Creek Road to develop a new park complex.
According to a presentation by City Manager Rob Minerich, this park could include a main soccer pavilion with an amphitheater, two football fields, 10 tennis courts, six basketball courts, pickle ball courts, six volleyball courts, one court pavilion, 20,000 square foot multi-age playscape, three-acre dog park, five-acre open space, large group shelter, six group shelters, parks offices and parking, multi-use trails, bike trails, lake and fishing dock, 1,450 spaces for parking, a future indoor recreation center area, 12 public restrooms, and a Kit Carson birthplace Memorial Feature.
Despite nearly 150 acres of existing park space, the city is deemed “deficient” with only 2% of park space. According to the Trust for Public Land, the national median of city land to be used for Parks and Recreation is 15%.
The city hopes this will take them closer to meeting the future needs of expanding their parks and recreation department. Before this can happen, the park would have to be annexed into the city limits, as at present this tract of land belongs to Madison County. It would be “tentatively phased in” over the course of three to five years.
In total, the project would cost roughly $60 million. However, the officials with the city say this project could bring in $9.1 million per year from the hotel tax, and $12.4 million on other taxable sales. Minerich says this cost is not yet tied down officially and is subject to change.
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