Patterson puts cash toward park

Patterson leaders this week dedicated $250,000 toward skate park construction in hopes of luring grants to pay the rest of the estimated $635,000 cost.

"By showing we're serious about it with matching funds, it makes our (grant) applications all that more attractive," said Council- woman Annette Smith.

The council also approved a preliminary budget of $52.4 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1.