Project background – How did we get to this point?

In 2020, Liberty Parks & Rec conducted a feasibility study that evaluated needs and programming opportunities for sports in Liberty. The study concluded that a fieldhouse would accommodate the growing demand for current and future sports programming as well as tournament space. 

The “Imagine Liberty 2032” Parks Master plan solicited input from residents to identify community needs, wants and potential growth opportunities over the next 10 years. 

During that process, Liberty residents identified the development of new indoor recreation facilities and improvements to existing facilities as the two highest priorities related to indoor spaces. Specifically, residents want a new indoor walking track, fitness centers, gyms and sport courts.

Presently, the department has maximized its potential for indoor sports programming based on availability of space. Liberty Parks & Rec currently relies on gyms in the Liberty schools for all winter season indoor sports, including basketball and volleyball. Due to the growth in school programs combined with the number of players and teams in Parks & Rec basketball specifically, this requires some practices to be scheduled past 8 p.m. on week nights, which is very hard on our participating kids and families. Liberty Parks and Rec must consider the development of additional indoor court space.

Last summer, Mayor Canuteson appointed a citizen Task Force to look at the feasibility of building a new fieldhouse, community center and/or natatorium. After several months of study, review of other facilities and the Parks Master Plan, the Task Force recommended that the City pursue construction of a new Activity Center and upgrades to the Liberty Community Center. 

On January 22, the Liberty City Council voted to bring this ballot question forward to Liberty voters on the April 2 ballot.

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1. Project background – How did we get to this point?
2. If approved, how will the bond funds be used?
3. Why are these projects needed?
4. What are the benefits to the Liberty residents?
5. Will kids in recreational leagues get to use the new facility?
6. How does this help seniors?
7. Will my Silver Sneakers Membership include both facilities?
8. Will Kansas City residents pay the same membership rate as Liberty residents?
9. Where will the Liberty Activity Center be located?
10. Why did the City of Liberty not include a competition pool in this plan?
11. What is a General Obligation Bond?
12. How will the GO Bonds be paid back?
13. How will this affect my property tax bill?
14. What percentage of yes votes is required for approval of this bond issue?
15. Why a debt levy?
16. If approved by Liberty voters, when would the property tax debt levy take affect?
17. What is a design-build system?
18. What will happen if Liberty voters don’t approve the bond issue?