Brook Park mayor weighs options for city's rec center

BROOK PARK, Ohio - The future of the Brook Park Recreation Center is up in the air, following voter rejection of a tax levy earlier this month.

Brook Park has a $3 million budget deficit and the recreation center accounts for $1.2 million of that amount.  Mayor Thomas Coyne has some tough choices to make.

"None of them are good choices and the possible closing of the rec center is one of those," he said.

The mayor said the tax levy would have supported the center and senior services.  Now, seniors will no longer get snow removal or grass cutting services. 

One option being considered for the recreation center is to move city offices into the building and keep the gym open.  Coyne said he's also open to speaking with non-profits or private companies that would want to operate the center.

He'll make a decision in about 30 days.

"I do love our senior citizens," he said. "I do love our children very much. But Mayor Coyne cannot print money."


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