A group of volunteers in Saint John is hoping Mispec Park could soon be restored with an infusion of money from the City.
Common council is expected to vote as early as Thursday on the proposed 2013 operating budget, which includes $33,000 for the Mispec Park recreation committee.
If approved, it would allow the group to staff and maintain the park, which has not had any city funding for the past two years and has become run down, said chair Brian Harris.
He also hopes to find municipal, provincial or private funding from neighbouring businesses, such as Canaport LNG, to replace the existing canteen and washroom building, which has been closed for two years and is now slated to be demolished.
"It would be nice to have a building that had a nice little canteen and nice washrooms, clean, nice new facilities," Harris said, estimating it would cost about $125,000.
The group has already managed to raise some money through fundraising, he said.
Ward 4 Coun. Ray Strowbridge supports the idea of a new building for the park.
"It would be better serviced if you can put something out there so families can go out and spend an afternoon," he said.
Strowbridge says he may add a funding request to the city's 2013 capital budget in the new year.
Meanwhile, he says the contractor hired to tear down the canteen building will also be making repairs to the sea wall and building a gravel walkway down to the beach.
Kevin McCarthy would welcome any upgrades. He frequents the park and enjoys walking the beach.
"Look at the size of it. Look how wonderful it is. When the tide goes out it's absolutely huge," he said.
"It's expansive, it's great."