The Director of the Parks & Recreation Department is Robert Burke. Director Burke's experience as the former Community Center Director for the City of Newton Falls will be an asset in his position with the City of Youngstown Parks & Recreation Department.
Most park facilities should be free for taxpayer and children of Youngstown. Other fees are a legitimate source of revenue, but charges may not be high; otherwise, children of meager means will be excluded from swimming pools. Municipal golf fees should also be limited in price and within reach of children and people of lower incomes.
Although we think of fire protection, police protection, the construction of new streets, highways, expressways, disposal plants and new buildings as being important, the construction of play facilities such as playgrounds, swimming pools and athletic fields is also of immense importance, for recreational programs and facilities contribute to the development of mental and physical health of our children, the future citizens of Youngstown, Ohio.