City officials meet to discuss future of parks

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There’s plenty of park space around the city of Youngstown, but not as many people to take advantage of all the green space.

The park system in Youngstown was meant to handle a population as large as 150,000 people.

The city has nowhere near that number of residents today.

Officials have decided it’s time to run the parks more efficiently, so it’s putting together a master plan and would like city residents to offer their opinions.

The park system in Youngstown covers nearly 500 acres in 45 different locations and park director Bob Burke said that takes a lot of maintenance.

He wants to focus on developing 15 large parks and he’ll present the results of a survey at a public meeting Thursday afternoon.

“YSU went out there for a three-month period, three times a day, morning, noon and night. They saw how many people were in the park and over 6,000 people were recognized in all the parks around the city,” said Burke.

The researchers found that at any given time, there were as few as ten, and as many as 800 people visiting the city parks over those three months.

The meeting, open to the public, will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on the 6th floor of City Hall.

Officials plan to hold more public meetings, hoping to complete a master plan by the end of the year.

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