At last, Guilford County citizens will get the park they deserve. The board of commissioners voted this week to hire the city of Greensboro to operate Bur-Mil Park off U.S. 220 North. The county purchased the former Burlington Industries facility last spring for $4.5 million. But the park has been idled while commissioners have debated the merits of a county-sponsored parks program.
Meanwhile, citizens have been deprived of an outstanding park, complete with swimming pool, tennis courts and clubhouse. Because the park previously served Burlington employees, these facilities are already in place. All that's needed is money for maintenance and staffing.Even that won't be cheap. The commissioners voted to spend about $220,000 a year over the next three years. But given the rapid growth in the county's northwest quadrant, and the park's location on the city's watershed, Bur-Mil is an asset the county couldn't afford to lose.
By hiring the city to operate the park, the county may have begun a working relationship that will grow as the county's park lands grow. It makes good sense.