Yakima City Council member Rick Ensey says it is time the city start investing more in pools, parks and other recreation.

Everyone always says parks are a priority, but no one ever spends any money on those.

That's been the case for years, says Ensey, so he decided to float an idea that will now be on the November ballot.

The council Tuesday approved a charter amendment for the ballot that, if approved, calls for $750,000 in additional money to be spent directly on parks and recreation.

Ensey says if the proposal fails the future looks bleak, because there's no commitment to improving parks.