YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown Mayor John McNally said that he is going to ask council for money to tear down old bleachers in the city’s parks.
In July, Youngstown Parks Director Bob Burke said bleachers at six of Youngstown’s parks will need demolished because they are unsafe.
The stands are also eyesores and in very bad shape, with concrete crumbling and trees growing around them.
Next Wednesday, McNally said he will ask city council to start the demolition process.
“We’re going to ask them for two things. First, the approval to go out for proposals and we’re going to let them know that we’re asking for up to $300,000.”
The crumbling bleachers came to McNally’s attention during a recent visit to Nick Johnson Park.
“Seven or eight residents were complaining about the conditions of the bleachers out there, and we said we’d look into it,” he said.
The bleachers at the park, formerly known as Bailey Park, were built in 1939. If they were gone, the manicured field and new basketball hoop and playground equipment would make it a nice setting.
Basia Adamczak, Youngstown’s 7th Ward councilwoman, says she also wants the stands torn down.
If Ipe Field’s bleachers were demolished, she says the property would be a perfect place for a new combined library for Campbell, Struthers and Brownlee Woods.
“I’d like to keep it, obviously, in Youngstown, here in the 7th Ward, and I think this would be a great place for that.”
The $300,000 demolition cost would come from the environmental-sanitation fund, created late last year from an increase in sanitation fees.
“I’ve heard different prices for different sets of bleachers, but no one in city hall can really give me a definitive price,” Adamczak said. “That’s why we need to go out for the proposals and see what we can do, either later this year or early next year.”
On the south side, bleachers at Ipe, Stambaugh and Gibson fields are on the demolition list. McNally says if there is not enough money, Stambaugh’s stands will stay since they are not visible from the road.
Oakland and Nick Johnson fields on the east side and Tod Field on the north side also have bleachers that have to be torn down.