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ENID, Okla. - Voters in Enid are being asked to consider one of the largest parks and recreation bond issues in our state's history.

They will decide the fate of $50 million specifically to improve recreational areas in the community.

It's a major decision but one city officials said is needed in order for the city to continue moving forward.

Enid is probably best known for wheat fields and Vance Air Force Base.

Now this city is working to be known for something more, parks.

Officials are asking voters to approve a $50 million upgrade to city parks as well as the addition of four new parks.

City spokesman Steve Kime said parks like this built on top of an old landfill are not safe.

He said, “The glass from the landfill pushes up through the ground and every year you have to smooth the ball field.”

One of the new parks would cover 200 acres on the east side of town providing room for new baseball and softball fields, soccer fields and an aquatic center.

That could help the city to bring in extra revenue through hosting tournaments.

“If this bond issue passes, one of the things that will be addressed is the playgrounds, like this one for instance; this slide has been here since the 1950s and is a little out of date,” Kime said.

If approved, the bond would be funded two ways.

First a current bond issue for bridge repairs would be extended for 20 years.

The city would also add a five-year half-cent sales tax.

“I think it's something the city needs but whether it passes is up to the people,” Kime said.

Residents here have mixed opinions.

Those we found who are opposed to the bond were not willing to go on camera.

The city's current budget leaves almost no funding for parks which is why officials said the bond issue is necessary.

Voters will decide March 5.