Citizens for Portage Parks will host a volunteer kick-off event at 6 p.m. Friday to help the campaign pass a half-mill levy to support the Portage Park District.
The event will be held at the Portage County Gardeners' Center, 5154 S. Prospect St. in Rootstown, and is open to all current and potential campaign volunteers. The purpose is to meet the committee members, area coordinators, and community captains and to recruit more people to help.
Chris Craycroft, executive director of the Portage Park District, will present an overview of the parks, the park district's financial crisis situation and uses of the levy funding. Attendees will get park literature and campaign literature. Food and refreshments will be available.
"From our education events held this past summer, we know that our citizens support a strong park system. We want to involve all interested individuals to help us get this levy passed," said Tom Clapper, chairman of the Citizens for Portage Parks Levy Steering Committee.
A 0.5-mill operating levy is projected to cost the owner of a home with a $100,000 market value about $17.50 per year, or less than $1.50 per month. Revenues from the levy will cover operating and improvement costs enabling the parks to develop more hike and bike trails, open more parkland, enhance public programming and address deferred maintenance needs.
The Portage Park system has almost 1,300 acres and 14 miles of hike and bike trails, with 838 acres of park land closed to the public due to lack of funding.
Any questions about the event can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 330-678-9127. More information about the levy campaign is available at www.citizensforportageparks.com.