Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Councilman Steve Stenger disagrees with the allocation for St. Louis County Parks as County Executive Charlie Dooley’s budget office reduces funding for the department.
The St. Louis County Parks Department is still $500,000 in the red despite laying off 20 employees and increasing revenue by $193,780 Those numbers were presented to the St. Louis County Council Tuesday in a plan meant to make the parks department more efficient. Acting Parks Director Tom Ott created a business plan that outlined a strategy to keep parks providing the basic services while reducing costs. The plan comes seven months after County Executive Charlie Dooley proposed closing 23 parks and laying off more than 100 employees because of a budget crisis. Dooley later said he miscalculated a $10 million deficit, which left the county parks open. Even with a $3 million reported surplus at the end of 2011, the parks department received …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Tilles Park wins the Mid-County Readers' Choice Award for having the best park in the area.
Tilles Park is this week's Readers' Choice winner for the best park in Mid-County. Readers' Choice is a friendly competition among businesses, restaurants and attractions in Mid-County Patch sites including, Clayton-Richmond Heights, Kirkwood, Maplewood-Brentwood, University City and Webster Groves. Tilles Park in St. Louis County won with 29 percent of the vote. Here's how our other nominees placed: Congratulations to Tilles Park for winning this week's Readers' Choice battle. Readers' Choice will be on hiatus next week, but it will return June 18 with a new twist. Stay tuned!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
You have until 5 p.m. Friday to choose your favorite Mid-County park in the latest 'Patch' Readers' Choice competition. There are six reader-nominated parks from which to choose.
Monday, June 4, 2012
In this edition of Readers' Choice, we've got the nominations for favorite parks in the mid-county area. Now it's time to vote for the best.
The nominations are in! We asked Patch readers for their favorite Mid-County spot for outdoor fun — your favorite parks — and got some great nominations. We read your comments on Patch, as well as comments posted to our Patch Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Here are your nominations: Thank you to all those who nominated your favorite local establishments in Part 1 of this Readers' Choice contest. Now it's time to pick a winner. Readers have until 5 p.m. Friday to vote for their favorite spot, and we'll announce the winner Saturday morning. Be sure to cast your vote below, and as always, happy frolicking!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
You have until noon on Friday to nominate the best local park in Mid-County as part of our Readers' Choice competition.
Monday, May 28, 2012
With so many great places to stretch your legs and enjoy the great outdoors, which one is your favorite?
Welcome to Readers' Choice—a column aimed at finding the best restaurants, businesses and attractions in Mid-County. With so many great places to get outside and enjoy the weather, we want to hear from readers. Which is your favorite park in Mid-County, and why? Please give your recommendations for places in our Mid-County Patches: Clayton-Richmond Heights, Kirkwood, Maplewood-Brentwood, University City and Webster Groves. Here's how Readers' Choice works: Then: This column is all about hearing from you! Patch readers, tell us by commenting below, where is the best park in Mid-County?
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We're weaving together updates, pictures, video, tweets and more from the Save Our Parks rally and the County Council budget hearing to help you find the answer to tonight's big question: Will the county close parks to keep the budget
Thursday, November 10, 2011
More than 60 attended the county council meeting Tuesday, with 10 speaking about the parks.
Although the possible closure of 23 county parks and facilities wasn't on the St. Louis County Council's agenda on Tuesday, the subject was fresh in the minds of 10 speakers who came to advocate on behalf of the parks. “Our purpose for speaking tonight is to plead with you to make the 2012 budget cuts fair and equitable across the board,” said Mehlville resident and parks volunteer Bonnie Lorenz. “A family may not be able to afford to go to the show, or a baseball game, but they can go to one of our wonderful 69 parks for free.” “Don’t let your legacy in office show that you were responsible for closing parks in our great county,” she said. Before the meeting, County Executive Charlie Dooley made it clear the county would not be selling …