Study suggests closing 6 Youngstown parks - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Updated

Study suggests closing 6 Youngstown parks

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University will present a study that suggests several Youngstown city parks should close.

The focus of the study is "efficiency" for maintaining the properties. The park system was originally designed for a city population of about 150-thousand. Youngstown's current population is at about 66,000.

City leaders say because of the city's dwindling population, parks that were once full of life now sit empty.

"It's going to be a hard time for us to close some of them but ultimately we're going to have to be able to maintain what we have," said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Burke.

The study by YSU finds that while some of the city's 36 parks are longer a popular place to hang out, they've been upgraded with things like new playground equipment.

"This study we had done because we wanted to see, we realized, we were doing a lot of work at parks that weren't being utilized," said Councilman Paul Drennen.

The study suggests closing six parks. Those include: Evergreen Park, Borts Pool and Field, Buckeye Plat Field, the lower portion of Gibson Field, Hillman Park and MacDonnel Playground.

"We want the neighborhood to come to us and tell us do they use those parks," Burke said. "We want to know if they are valuable to keep or not."

The study suggests some of the city's parks could be turned into natural green spaces. Others could be transferred to new ownership.

"We don't know if we're going to close them all or find other non profits to take them over, such as Mill Creek," Burke said. "If they want to take over Stambaugh Field it would benefit them and they also would also have an extra natural environment/green space."

Before any decisions are made, opportunities for community input will take place.

YSU will present the study in detail at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in City Hall.

Other changes coming to Youngstown parks include a proposal to eliminate the Parks and Recreation Commission. Council members say the commission has been in place for decades, but is no longer needed.

Residents will vote on the measure in November.

You can view a copy of the Parks survey in full at this link. 

 

 

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Ocean crash kills teen pilot seeking world record

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:03 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:03:01 GMT
    A family spokeswoman says an Indiana teenager was killed when his plane crashed while trying to set a record for an around-the-world flight.More >>
    His pilot's license fresh in his hands, an Indiana teenager set out in June for the adventure of a lifetime: an around-the-world flight with his father designed to break a record and raise money to build schools in his...More >>
  • Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

    Ohio veteran cited for ducks hopes for law change

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:56:55 GMT
    COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard. Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette. The village is about 80 miles east of Columbus. Welker and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a n...More >>
    COSHOCTON, Ohio (AP) - An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is now hoping for a change in the Ohio village law that prohibits him from keeping the animals in his backyard. Darin Welker, who served in the Army National Guard, was cited for violating a ban on keeping farm animals in West Lafayette. The village is about 80 miles east of Columbus. Welker and his attorney said Wednesday that village officials are considering the possibility of a n...More >>
  • More than 500 migrant children sent to Pa.

    More than 500 migrant children sent to Pa.

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:31:15 GMT
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with ...More >>
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - More than 500 migrant children are being housed in Pennsylvania as federal officials wrestle with a national crisis created by a flood of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border. State officials confirmed Wednesday that the federal government told them 120 children are in two temporary centers in Bethlehem and Womelsdorf, near Reading. Kait Gillis of the state Department of Public Welfare says the other 386 youngsters are staying with ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms