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THE COCONINO SUN
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1922
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160 Acre Clark Ranch Proposed Site for
Flagstaff City Park, Recreation Grounds
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Key to above map: Dotted square F is 15 acre high school tract. Smaller doited square within the large one shows exact location new high school. Dotted street lines within Clark tract are of streets proposed to ex
tend in order to fill out blocks. A is natural, long toboggan slide. B, ideal location for golf links. C, proposed baseball grounds and race track. D, proposed dam across River de Flag to form lake. E, location proposed
music and dance pavilion.
Vote for the $60,000 Bonds for the Purchase of this Site
at the Bond Election on October 2, and thus do
Your Part Toward Making Flagstaff a Popular,
Prosperous, All-the-Year-Around Tourist Resort
and a Better Place in which to Live.
On another page in this issue is the
notice of the bond election, to be held
here on October 2, to decide whether
to bond the city for $60,000 for the
purchase of the 160-acre John Clark
ranch, lying just north of and ad
joining the city limits.
People who have the interests of
our city at heart should take a walk
out over the ranch.. Get acquainted
with it Those who have eyes to see
and mental vision beyond the needs
of the present moment, will need
nothing more than a casual survey
of tho place to convince' them, beyond
doubt, that this is a tremendously
Fifteen acres will be used for the
new city high school, excavating for
; which is now being done. This $15,
000 will bo paid by the school district
to the town, leaving the net, cost to
the city only $33,000 for the other
145 acres the extra $12,000 called for
in the proposed bond issue being for
improvement of the park.
Flagstaff has no park of her own.
The present; park belongs to tho U.
S. government. Even if it did belong
to us, it is more and more being ta
ken up by tourists. It should be. It
is most profitable to the city used
that way. But, even If it were not
taken up by tourists, it couldn't be
and Site for New High School
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developed for recreation park pur
poses like the Clark tract can be.
We have no ball ground, the space
we are now using for that purpose
being owned by private interests who
sooner or later will cut the grounds
up. We have no place for skating,
or other outdoor recreational feat
ures. The Clark ranch has an ideal site
for ball grounds and race track. With
very little expense a concrete, dam
can be built to make a lake for boat
ing and skating. Part of the tract
is covered with big pine trees, mak
ing it a fine place for camping and
picnics and susceptible of improve
ment into a real beauty place.
An advantage of this purchase by
the city is that in straightening out
the streets and filling out the mocks
around the new high school, choice
building lots will be added to the city,
the sale of which will go a long way
toward making up the balance of
$33,000 the site actually costs the city.
Flagstaff will never have a park
and recreational grounds unless this
site is bought. It is the only tract of
land suitably situated and that lays
right to be adapted to such purposes.
And the ultimate net cost which
will be very small if indeed there is
any net cost ,vhen all the possible
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sources of revenue are realized dis
tributed for years over our increasing
taxable wealth, will be so slight that
even the biggest taxpayer will not
have more than a few centsj a year
If Flagstaff is to grow and capital
ize on its greatest resources its cli-N
mate and scenic wonders it has ab
solutely got to be up-to-date and
somewhere near keep step in munic
ipal improvements with other cities
that enjoy similar natural advantages.
It is our duty to ourselves and our
children to provide such out-door rec
reational features as may convenient
ly be provided. So doing will tend
to make them better citizens, cleaner
in mind, soul and body.
The cost of the park will be return
ed to us every decade or oftener in
increased business the park will bring
The very few and they are very
few who are opposing the bonds
probably do not realizeVhen they talk
about the burden the bonds will be on
the taxpayers, that if the net amount
of $45,000 the site and proposed im
mediate improvement, will cost had to
be paid tomorrow it would amount to
only $1.25 to each taxpayer on each
$1,000 of his assessed tax valuation.
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Think of that, a minute 1
Then realize, if you please, that
with the payments for the bonds dis
tributed over 25 years, the annual
payment, including interest, will be
less than 10 cents on each $1,000 of
assessed valuation, even should Flag
staff's total valuation remain where
And against this less than 10 cents
a year on the $1,000, you have the
increase in taxable wealth bound to
come through making Flagstaff what
most people who live here want it to
be, a real home city.
With the natural increase in assess
ed valuation, before the bonds are
paid for they will be costing us five
or six cents or less a year on each
$1,000 on which we pay taxes.
Objections on the ground of ex
pense do not stack up very strongly
against those figures.
Other cities whose main resources
for future growth are climate and
scenery have spent far more in civic
improvements for the comfort and
pleasure of their residents and their
guests than we have.' That is the
reason many of those cities Colorado
Springs, for example have distanc
ed us in growth and wealth.
Not a single day passes that some
visitor doesn't tell us that we don't
know what we've got here; that we
are neglecting our opportunities; that
if we would come alive and do what
other towns are doing we would be
'repaid a hundred-fold in greater bus
iness, to say nothing of the recre
ational benefits accruing to us who
The tourist comes to town now. For
recreation while he is here he has'
wfcn 6f ne ,, ng-siRht-seeing.
When in town all he can do is stand
around with his hands in his pockets
and think what a slow town this is.
When he goes away he says it's a
nice town, has fine water, climate and
scenery, but is asleep, slow, dead, be
hind the times.
Suppose he could swim, boat, play
golf in summer skate and coast in
winter. This wouldn't be a slow
town then. IJe'd praise where he now
The possibilities for good and cash
profit to every resident of Flagstaff
are too numerous and too great to be
more than casually enumerated here.
Flagstaff can grow only as its citi
zens make it grow. Every citizen
now has a chance to help us grow or
hold us back.
Vote for the bonds!
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