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City Council to get update on parks and recreation projects


The Fayetteville City Council on Monday is scheduled to hear an update on several parks and recreation projects during its regular monthly meeting at City Hall.

Michael Gibson, the director of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Department, will be among those giving the update, city spokeswoman Jodi Phelps said Friday.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Gibson could not be reached for comment Friday, but the information in the agenda materials indicated the council will hear status reports on several projects. The presentation will include updates on the following bond projects: the Bill Crisp Senior Center, senior center east, the Mable C. Smith Park expansion, the Dorothy Gilmore Recreation Center, the Cape Fear River Park, the McArthur Road sports complex and the planned tennis center.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Glenville Lake Trail are also expected to be discussed.

In other business, Chris Cauley, the director of the city’s Economic and Community Development department, is expected to give a follow-up talk on the community safety micro-grant program. He is expected to discuss how the awards will be made and delivered, Phelps said.

The application process got underway Monday.

The Fayetteville City Council on April 11 endorsed the grant program that will help community organizations fight crime, but it said it wanted more information before the program is implemented.

The program is part of the city’s violence reduction strategies. Grants would range from $1,500 to $5,000, Cauley has said. The allocations would be made to leverage groups with ideas and programs on how to reduce violence and crime.

Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView TODAY. He can be reached at mfutch@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com. 

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