Cell Towers May Rise in Austin Parks

Parks officials in Austin, Texas are considering a plan that would allow cell phone companies to lease space within the city's parks where they could build cellular communication towers.

The move is seen by some as an invasion of space. But others call it a way to save parks funding.

"Money from long-term contracts with those companies could pay for park maintenance and improvements well into the future, parks Director Sara Hensley said.

Hensley has been looking for ways to generate more revenue for Parks and Recreation, which like most city departments has cut vacant positions and some services over the past few years because of a city budget crunch."

Full Story: In search of new revenue, Austin to consider cell phone towers on parkland


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