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Children may have new place to play in Jacksonville

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Updated: 10/12/2013 1:21 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Children in Jacksonville may soon have a new place to play.

Jacksonville is already partnering with the Duval County School Board to share school parks, but city commissioners hope to share even more of them.

"The most important thing is that the gates stay open and the community sees a park they can use and a safe place for them to go," said City Commissioner Richard Clark.

The city and the school board already share more than 40 school parks. City council member Richard Clark tells Action News he's hoping the city and school board can expand their agreement even further.

"The city can afford to put some initial investments or facilities for structure, and the school system has the land and existing parks," said Clark.

Clark tells Action News the city would help fund shared parks with bonds. He's not sure or how much opening more parks will cost, but he has an idea of how to fund it.

"The way bond money works, from our district, with bond money, we are allowed to use them for public purpose or public land," said Clark.

Parents tell Action News that keeping parks open later will help keep kids occupied.

"Just so kids can stay out of trouble, that's what the community needs," said parent Lamonte Corley.

Clark tells Action News any bonds totaling more than $100,000 used to fund a park have to be approved by the city council.
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