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Mayor Bell wants to unify city park boards

Councilman Mike Craig Councilman Mike Craig
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell is calling for major changes to the oversight for city parks and recreations programs.

Bell's proposal calls for a single parks and recreation advisory board, but some members of council are worried neighbors will lose their voice in the process.

If approved, the measure would unify all current working parks and recreation boards, as well as the Toledo City Parks Commission and Toledo Athletic Commission. It would dissolve more than a dozen in-active park boards, but Councilman Mike Craig says the city should find ways to increase neighborhood participation.

"The smaller the revenue the City is able to devote to these parks, the more citizen involvement we should have, because citizen involvement is what parks are all about," Craig said.

The issue will be discussed further during a committee hearing before council votes on the legislation.

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