Like many cities, Steubenville’s population, and its tax base, have dwindled over time.
This has left city officials to make unpleasant decisions to keep the budget in balance.
Now, those tough choices are impacting the city parks.
Per a recommendation by the Board of Parks and Recreation, the City of Steubenville is looking at closing four of its 13 parks.
These include Parkdale, Linda Way, Devonshire Board and Flats area facilities.
City Manager Jim Mavromatis said the decision will be based on usage of the parks rather than money.
“We don’t have the manpower to maintain all of these parks. That’s why we have to look at this. The other things is, it’s not a matter of saving resources, it’s a matter of maintaining the parks properly. We’re spreading ourselves to thin trying to maintain 13 parks,” Mavromatis said.
The Board of Parks and Recreation will accept public input on the recommendation at their June meeting.
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