Burns officials are now considering borrowing money to finish the first phase of the new park on Highway 96 and banking on revenue from baseball and softball tournaments to help pay it off without using taxpayer funds. At a work session Thursday night, Mayor Landon Mathis said the town can still get about $63,000 in a state reimbursement grant when the phase is completed as long as the money has not been reallocated by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. State officials have declared the town in default on the grant after it failed to meet a Dec. 31 deadline to have the phase completed. Parks Director Chris Ward said his last estimate was that around $180,000 would be needed to install utilities, light two fields, complete the dog park and build a concession/restroom facility. He said that estimate did not include handicapped-accessible walkways and some labor costs, because last fall there were volunteers who were going to do the work. Mathis said the town could get by with less money up front by signing a long-term lease for the lights but said some additional grade work is needed in order to complete the first four ballfields, which he said will be necessary to make the park viable for sanctioned tournaments. Mathis said TriStar Bank has offered to extend the town a $175,000 line of credit renewable for five years and donate the interest to the project, meaning Burns could get that much money at zero interest. He said that would give the town the money it needs to continue with the project, then use the last portion of the state grant, proceeds from the sale of some surplus vehicles and public donations to begin paying the bank back, then hope to be able to generate enough revenue with tournaments to pay off the loan and continue with the next phases of the park. Mathis also said he would like to further discuss with the school board whether it would be able to contribute more funds to the project. The commission is expected to continue its discussions at its regular meeting Monday.