The co-chair and committee member Jim Martinez told the city council earlier this month that not only would the park be a community gathering place and tourist attraction, it could also be a possible revenue stream for the city. The city could charge daily user fees, and offer boating and docking concessions, such as boat rentals. Off-season, they said, the city could generate revenue by using the park for regattas, marathons or by charging storage fees for boaters who use the facilities in season.
Public Works Commissioner Thomas McTygue suggested earmarking funds for the project.
"I think the council needs to really sit down and consider this," he said.
Magoolaghan said site lean-up could be completed by the end of 2007, with full construction under way in 2008.