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Council asking residents to “adopt-a-park”

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo city council members would like you to help them keep up the city's 145 park, but some residents don't support the proposal.

City Councilman Tom Waniewski says the "adopt a park program" is a way to save time and money in the long run.

Residents, associations, clubs and organizations sign a two year contract, committing to the beautification and maintenance of a city park.

Some residents in the Pickford Park area say they want the city to take care of the parks.  

"I don't feel it's the neighborhood's responsibility to take care of that. It should be the school's responsibility or whoever's practicing there because there comes times where I can't pull down my street or there is litter left behind. That's not my responsibility," said one resident. 

One Toledo resident didn't want to go on camera but says she pays taxes for a reason. She says she wonders where that money will go if the residents end up doing all the work.

Councilman Waniewski agrees that's a valid question, but says the program is a way to help the city out in tough financial times.

"When people are paying taxes then they deserve to have their parks maintained. The reality is in today's very, very tight budget we're trying to operate on, we're trying to see if some of the residents would be able to help us. I think overall, tax payers benefit when we can all pitch in a little," said Waniewski.

Waniewski says any money saved would go directly back to the city's parks and recreation department.

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