City of Youngstown to acquire land from elementary school

The acquisition will involve Sheridan, Kirkmere, and Schenley Parks

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown’s Park and Playground Committee met Wednesday to discuss new plans, including land acquisition from Taft Elementary.

The acquisition will involve Sheridan, Kirkmere, and Schenley Parks.

Currently, the city owns the playground equipment and the school owns the properties. The committee is now proposing a switch so that the school will own the equipment and the city will own the properties.

“There’s a few playgrounds in the city that we own the playground equipment and the school owns the property. That’s just how they were built back in the early 40s, and 50s and 60s,” said Parks Director Bob Burke. “We’ve partnered up with the school and tried to make a switch of…the play equipment that’s on their property and also the fields that we use more frequently, so we can maintain those fields…it’s basically a swap between us and the schools, so it’s going to be a great addition to our park program.”

The properties will have additional sports fields that city leagues can use.

The committee also discussed demolishing five sets of concrete bleachers throughout the city.

“They are dilapidated, in really bad shape and as a safety issue, they really need to come down,” Burke said.

Each set of bleachers will cost $65,000 to demolish.

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