Bowie city property for sale, some want to reserve it

© Bowie Parks Board hoped to reserve at least four acres of city property for a new park.
© Bowie Parks Board hoped to reserve at least four acres of city property for a new park.
© Bowie City Council voted to sell almost 10 acres of city property which upset the city's Parks board.
© Bowie City Council voted to sell almost 10 acres of city property which upset the city's Parks board.

BOWIE,TX(RNN Texoma) - Bowie City Council voted to sell almost 10 acres of city property off of U.S. 287 North for business development.

It was a decision that upset the city's parks board. Board members said they hoped four acres of it, that go into school property, would have been reserved for a brand new park.

The city currently only has six parks.

"Disappointed, it would've been a beautiful park and it would make a beautiful park," Julius Bill Enlow a city Parks board member said. "We've got approximately 5,000 people in the city of Bowie and we have six parks. I think that shows a need for additional park space."

The city purchased the land in 2014 for more than $170,000. The plan was to build a new city hall there.

"It was not a very popular proposition," Bert Cunningham, Bowie City Manager, said. That is why Cunningham said the new administration chose to sell it.

"I'm kind of riding the fence on this one," Cunningham said. "I know we need to get rid of the property. I still continue to think we need to sell a large portion of it."

Arlene Bishop, a city council member, said she voted in favor of selling all the property because she hopes it will boost the city's economy with new jobs and tax money.

"It's always been a struggle to attract businesses," Cunningham said. "We've been lucky to attract six businesses in the last 20 years."

Enlow said he hopes to work with anyone who purchases the land and convince them to make the four acres, closest to school property, into a park. He said that land is not the best for development but great for a park.

"It's rough terrain back here. [There's] a couple of gulleys," Enlow said. "It's going to be pretty expensive to level it out and build whatever they're going to use it."

Cunningham said the city plans to convert the community center into the new city hall building. The current city hall building would be given to city police. As of now, city hall and police share the building.

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