If you were voting on the proposal today, how would you vote and why? We asked Brookfield Patch readers for their thoughts and here's what they had to say.
"I think we need to focus more on the four corners project" — Rick Costa
"The best thing you can do for 4 corners is boot the riff raff out. Thats why we have police. We need a serious overhaul of the buildings at the lake. I do think surveys should be put out to parents for input into fields/parks etc that will be for children to use. I'm glad our town is having this conversation about when and how and where we spend out money." — Nicole Monegan Keating
"Parks need to be done ... They are falling apart....The children of our community need to have things to do and places to go. I also believe they should reconsider the design.. They should add little league/softball complex similar to that of Bethel's located near Big Y .. The kids fields are a disgrace compared to the surrounding towns." — Mike Heck
Would you change anything about the plan? What would you keep the same?
"Multi-use building on the beach side should only be bathrooms, concession, guard/safety facility and storage. No public gathering areas. The large building takes up picnic and play areas. The amount of use it could possibly receive during the very short access season does not justify the size building designed.
Encouraging public gatherings in that area increases the traffic across the very dangerous Candlewood Lake Road. The entire value of the grant is being spent on 1 building. The monies should be able to be spread further than that.
The white color of the buildings is very obtrusive, it should blend with the surroundings as it is a park." — Ronnie Erdmann
"I just believe that the children of Brookfield do have a lot of great places to play already. If we could spruce them up, great. But 5.3 million for renovations is absurd. The four corners project could lend an opportunity for children and adults to spend time together outside too, according to the plans. We could also concentrate that money on reviving our craft center." — Rick Costa
The full project costs total $5.3 million, however the town also has a $750,000 state grant to cover reconstruction of the multi-purpose building, bringing the net cost to taxpayers to $4.55 million.
Will the parks project have a ripple effect?"While your arguments are valid and compelling, I must respectfully disagree. Why not make the investment in our sports facility and recreation areas? The children of Brookfield have enough places to play already - how old are your children and where do they play? Two of my three children play sports (and believe me we PAY plenty for them to do so) at Cadigan where the fields get more and more uneven with every rain. How much will litigation for improperly maintained facilities cost the town? Would you rather put your money there? While we certainly are no in competition for the best sports facility in the area; investments made in recreational facilities can and will attract new home buyers to our town. With the amount of houses sitting on the market not just in Brookfield but in the surrounding towns, doesn't it behoove us to make the investment in our town to attract families here? Without investing in our town's recreational facilities we will be spending more and more time booting the riff raff out of the four corners and craft center because they will not have a suitable place to "play." Let's not be short sited (sic) here!" — Heather Casey Ehrhard
How do you feel about the parks renovation project? Share your thoughts in the comments or on our opinion board.
For more information on the proposal, visit this article: Brookfield to Vote Next Week on $5.3M Parks Renovation Plan.
Aaron Boyd contributed to this article.