City Manager Bruce Moore, in response to a request from the Little Rock City Board, has compiled figures on sources of revenue and expenses for the city parks department.
Parks are going to feel a big part of a recent budget revision. Two golf courses, as yet unidentified, will be closed. The city has three courses and contributes to operation of First Tee, a private, nonprofit course.
Golf is the biggest source of revenue for the parks department. Golf also covers more of its cost than any other facet of parks operations. As the numbers show, most of the cost of parks goes to operation and upkeep of attractions that produce virtually no revenue. (Which is OK by me, by the way.)
Think Riverfront Park. It’s a popular place to stroll, picnic, view sculpture and enjoy a kids playground. It’s free.
I expect more on this topic at Tuesday night’s board meeting.
By the way: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Rachel Herzog wrote this morning about one piece of fallout of the budget revision — the outsourcing of mowing to a Jacksonville company. Some are skeptical the city will realize great savings from outsourcing. Others aren’t happy that a Jacksonville company, Razor Cut Lawn, got the work. It was low bidder, at $108,490. Moore has distributed the specifics on 11 bids submitted in response to notices sent to more than 200 vendors.
Razor Cut beat the next lowest complete bid by about $42,000. The highest bid came in at $505,000, from Grass Up Lawn Service.