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Companies To Sponsor City Parks?

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One city council member has proposed an idea about possibly allowing companies to sponsor city parks.

Council member Charlie Tygard said he wants Nashvillians to know that there won't be any neon signs or billboards going up at any of the city's parks. The idea is in hopes of creating extra revenue for the city.

Every year city tax payers spend $30,000 on doggy poop bags. The sponsorships would help offset those costs.

John Lessard has lived in Nashville for four years, and said he has no problem with the city council proposal aimed at helping offset the costs of the dog bags - among other things.

"What's the big deal if you're scooping up after your dog with Coca Cola on it, so I'd rather have that almost," said Lessard. "If there's a company willing to supply those in return for putting their logos on those bags, does that not make sense for tax payers' benefits?"

If council member Charlie Tygard has his way, companies will soon be able to sponsor certain parts of city parks.

"Once people understand we're not going to put a neon sign on the Parthenon, they're much more comfortable with the idea. It's a financial necessity, we either ask tax payers for more in property taxes or we find creative way to fund the amenities that everybody wants."

There was a second reading on the proposal Tuesday night.


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