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Greenwood is looking at the costs to buy and install electronic signs in two city parks.

Parks and recreation director Rob Taggart this week asked the park board for permission to find out how much it would cost to buy signs with electric screens that are 4 or 5 feet high and 7 or 8 feet wide. The signs will promote parks department events and programs, and possibly business advertising, Taggart said.

The signs would be placed at City Center Park, which a lot of people can walk to, and at Westside Park, which is visible both to pedestrian and car traffic, he said.


The signs at the two parks could be among multiple electronic signs Greenwood installs across the city. Officials in Greenwood started considering electronic signs when discussing what type of sign to place in front of the new city hall, city spokeswoman Molly Laut said last month.

The city is looking for ways to generate more revenue, including ways to pay to run a new aquatic center, which is expected to earn $200,000 less in passes and memberships than the pool park costs to operate. Construction of the aquatic center is expected to start around June 1, and its opening date is set for May 2015.

Selling advertising is an opportunity for the city to promote its events, but also for businesses to get visibility while helping pay city expenses, Laut said.

Taggart wants to get price estimates for the signs by the June 3 park board meeting.

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