News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Levin Furniture

Hennes Paynter Communications


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Environment


Northeast Ohio voters approve park levies across the board
Canton city parks and Metroparks in Summit and Cuyahoga pass with strong support.
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
Nate Eppink marks the latest vote totals last night for the Summit Metroparks levy.
Courtesy of MARK URYCKI
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Voters approved park levies in Canton, Summit County, and Cuyahoga County yesterday. The two Metroparks had long-term renewals but Canton is embarking on a new way of funding its city parks.
Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:55)


It’s been a heady year for Cuyahoga County Metroparks. The system added new facilities and reservations, and absorbed beachfront parks once owned by the state. So it went to voters with a 10-year, 2.7 mill levy.

That’s a 50 percent increase from its last levy. And voters agreed to it. Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman says the extra money is needed to maintain the new properties like West Creek reservation, Acacia and the former state parks.

“The lakefront parks have been something that Bill Stinchcomb and the Olmstead brothers (had in mind) when they created the vision for modern day metro parks. The lakefront was always part of the original vision.”

That original vision began 96 years ago.  

Canton tries a new way
For the city of Canton, it’s a new start. The 15 city parks and various recreation facilities have always been part of the general fund, reliant on Canton City Council for backing. But with yesterday’s passage of a three-year, 4-mill levy, the park system will get some of its funding directly from property tax revenue. The new money means the park will hire three new staff members and a police officer, as well as improve and expand the properties and trails it owns. It also means more than a million dollars will be freed up from the general fund to be spent on firefighters and police.

Summit investments
In Summit County, voters were also feeling friendly to their parks.  They passed a 1.5-mill Metropark levy that lasts seven years. One Akron voter, Richard Chambers, saw that levy and some others, as long-term investments.

“(We must) maintain these base services: the ADM board, the Metroparks, improving the steam plant -- those infrastructure things that attract people and businesses to our city and make things so livable here.”

Return on investment
Both Summit Metroparks and Cuyahoga Metroparks have conducted studies showing that they do return millions of dollars of value back into the community. That can be measured by everything from alleviating storm-water runoff to attracting people and business. The director of Summit Metroparks, Keith Shy says the system has attracted some $20 million  in grants since its last levy passed in 2006.

“It’s leveraging local tax dollars and those grants were going to go somewhere in Ohio --  in another county  or out of state. And we’ve been pretty savvy in being able to do that.  The new Freedom Trail and the new bridge over I-271 and a couple other projects we’ve done have cost taxpayers virtually nothing.”

Looking ahead, Shy says Summit Metroparks plans to build a nature center at Liberty Park in Twinsburg. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Video of Cleveland police shooting a 12-year-old is critical to the investigation
While I think this is a very unfortunate, the fact is that police are trained to aim for the large mass of a human to stop them. If they aimed for the leg it w...

Wayne County teacher says he was fired for criticizing dairy
This is bull crap Smithville Schools have changed ever since the new school I'm so ashamed at the district I wish I could pick my house up and move it to anothe...

White Castle is closing its five Northeast Ohio restaurants
you should open a white castle in logan ohio.i'm pretty sure you disappointed,thank you...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University