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Youngstown park dedicated to local civil rights leader

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -

A Youngstown park has sprouted up in memory of a local civil rights leader.

What is now Clarence Robinson Park used to be the Clarence Robinson Community Center on Oak Hill Avenue.

Back in 2015, local clergy led a march around the site trying to get the city to demolish the abandoned center.

The city ended up tearing it down with financial help from Saint Patrick's Church and the Oak Hill Collaborative.

“We cleaned it up, and now we're just going to have a park the community can enjoy a little bit,” said Pat Kerrigan, executive director of the Oak Hill Collaborative.

Mahoning County Land Bank bought the property in January and will give ownership to the Oak Hill Collaborative soon.

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