TUSAYAN, Ariz. - The town of Tusayan debated giving additional funds to the Grand Canyon School (GCS) community park project at their May 16 regular meeting. The planning of this park has been under discussion over the past several years.
Last year, the council budgeted $150,000 for the park. They also provided funding of up to $25,000 for design and architectural services, an amount that has already been exhausted.
During the council's May 2 regular meeting, school officials approached the council with a proposal for funding from the town to the tune of $411,000 to assist with the completion of the first phase of the project. The first phase would include basketball courts, a community garden, a ramada, water storage and temporary parking.
Tusayan Mayor Greg Bryan said the council found the new sum of $411,000 to be "somewhat of a surprise," as council members were not kept current on the school's plans. A new total amount for the entire sports complex is now estimated to be between five and six million dollars. Currently, Bryan said the town is not in a place where they can commit the new sum.
"The town appears to be the primary source they are counting on to fund the construction," Bryan said, reading from the staff report.
This fiscal year, Tusayan has roughly $125,000 of unspent funds for parks and recreation. After a long discussion, council members authorized enough funding for the completion of the basketball courts with the condition that the school/community park committee will return to the council with more detailed plans at a future date.