Crestwood residents will be asked to weigh in on a $33 million bond issue - Proposition A - on the April 2, 2024 General Municipal Election ballot, which, if approved, would allow the City to make the most significant park improvements in decades.
“Our parks and recreation facilities help make Crestwood a great place to live. However, some aspects are aging, and others need to be updated to meet the needs of our community now and in the future,” said Mayor Scott Shipley. ‘‘Prop A marks Crestwood’s most ambitious parks improvement effort since the 1970s.”
What is Included in the Project
Significant resident input - including resident surveys, multiple town halls, and other public outreach events - were the guide posts of the City's 2023-approved Parks Master Plan. That plan identified the following projects as major priorities, which the Board of Aldermen approved to be included in Proposition A:
- Constructing a new community center on the ballfield at Whitecliff Park
- Transforming the existing community center into a pickleball/family games complex
- Replacing the Crestwood Park playground
- Adding a nature play area and walking trail loop to Whitecliff Park
- Adding a pedestrian bridge to connect Whitecliff Park to the Lodgepole neighborhood
The largest project will be the construction of a new, modern community center designed to address resident needs. It will feature a larger multi-use gymnasium, an elevated indoor walking and jogging track, attractive event meeting spaces with a cozy fireplace and outdoor balcony overlooking the park, a larger fitness area with additional and improved equipment, and improved spaces for dance, yoga, cardio classes, and more.
The existing community center, completed in 1978, will be transformed to better serve one of the fastest growing sports in the country - pickleball. A large portion of the center will be torn down, with outdoor pickleball courts added in its place. The current gymnasium will remain and continue to host indoor pickleball games. The facility will also include a beverage and food service area, as well as a cornhole, shuffleboard, and bocce ball area, to create a fun gathering place.
The hallmark principle during this conceptual design process has been to address the needs identified by our community with spaces for residents of all ages and abilities.
“During the master planning process last year, residents stated that our current community center was outdated, did not offer enough of the things they wanted to do, and that they would utilize it more often if it were up to date,” said Parks and Recreation Director Eilien Ramirez.
“We evaluated renovating and expanding the current building, but it would cost nearly as much as new construction and would impact large natural areas of the park. In addition, renovation would fall short of what the residents were requesting in the Master Plan. Together we determined new construction on the ballfield is the best option.”
“The focus of Prop A is to create a place that brings our community together –
A Place for Everyone,” added Mayor Shipley.
Bond Issuance Required
To fund these improvements, the City will be asking voters during April 2, 2024’s General Municipal Election to consider Proposition A, which would give the City authority to issue bonds for this project. Prop A requires 57.14% of votes in favor to be approved. If approved, construction on the new community center would start in 2025, with a completion date in 2026. The pickleball and family games complex would follow, with an estimated 18 month construction timeline. Other projects will be completed concurrently and subsequently during this timeframe.
To pay for the bonds, property owners would be charged an additional cost on their annual property taxes. While the exact amount will depend on the appraised value of your home and the interest rate the City can obtain (to be established after the election), the below table shows the monthly cost for a variety of home values, assuming current interest rates. Please note the average residential appraised value in Crestwood is $240,000:
Monthly Property Tax
Official Ballot Language
During the January 9, 2024 Board of Aldermen Meeting, the Board approved the official language that will be appearing on the ballot during April 2, 2024's General Municipal Election:
SPECIAL BOND ELECTION
City of Crestwood, Missouri
TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2024
Shall the City of Crestwood, Missouri, issue its general obligation bonds in an amount
not to exceed $ 33,340,000 for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping a
new community center, renovating existing recreation facilities, and undertaking other
park and recreation improvements in and adjacent to City of Crestwood parks?
For any questions regarding the April General Municipal Election - including where to vote, how to absentee vote, how to change your voter registration, a sample ballot, and more - please contact the St. Louis County Board of Elections at https://stlouiscountymo.gov/st-louis-county-government/board-of-elections/ or call them directly at 314-615-1800.
Town Hall Schedule
The City is planning several town halls this spring so residents can learn more about Proposition A and provide their feedback. The first of these gatherings is the Mayor's Town Hall on January 18 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at the Community Center, which will cover all aspects of the City including Proposition A.
Three Community Center Town Halls will be scheduled this spring on the following dates:
Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 from 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 10:00 A.M. - Noon
For More Information
For any questions about the community center plans, or Proposition A in general, please reach out to us directly:
- Check out our resources (here), at www.cityofcrestwood.org/PropA
- Email us directly at PropA@cityofcrestwood.org
- Call us directly at 314-729-4864
- Speak with your Aldermen or the Mayor at www.cityofcrestwood.org/BOA
- Stop by the Crestwood Community Center or Government Center to view the project plans in person
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