Bathing Rock Park debate continues

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TRINITY, N.C. -- Debate continues over the Bathing Rock Park and its $1 million price tag.

Bathing Rock Park when completed would be built behind the Trinity City Hall off of Highway 62, and has been in the planning stages for more than a year.

After months of debate, and having spent $110,000 on the park already, the city council decided to put a stop on the current plan and has place the fate of the park in the hands of its citizens.

There are two petitions at city hall, one for the park and one against it.

"We would just like to have a crowning jewel of our own for the city," explains Kristen Varner, a Trinity city councilwoman. She says it would cost about $240,000 to finish the park.

Lynn Winze has lived in Trinity for about five years and has signed two petitions in favor of the park. "The park would be a wonderful thing for the hiking trails, biking trails,” said Winze.  “I just think it would bring more things for families to do around the area."

Francis Fields signed the one against the park. "I voted against it because I think we need sewer and there was too much money spent beforehand that the citizens didn't know anything about," said Fields.

Carlton Boyles, Mayor of Trinity admits there's been a lot of talk surrounding this park.

According to Boyles, it’s not a money issue. Some members of the city council are concerned about “security, the ongoing expenses after the park is built and those kinds of things," said Boyles.

Winze is just waiting and hoping for the day when the plan actually turns into a park. "I think it would help the whole community out."

The public is invited to a special city council meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. but there will not be a time for public comment.

The city of Trinity got a $500,000 grant from the state May and  the city council decided to pitch in $540,000 of their own money to pay for the cost of the park.

June 15 is the last day to sign the petitions at Trinity's city hall.