City weighs a parks & rec department

The Ellsworth American

ELLSWORTH — Does the city need its own parks and recreation department?

With a growing population and an increasing number of public recreational properties, the feeling at City Hall is that the idea at the very least needs to be seriously considered and explored.

To that end, members of the City Council and the Recreation Commission held a joint workshop Aug. 24. They met with representatives from the Maine Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) for pointers on how to go about setting up a municipal department if Ellsworth chooses to go that route.

Council Chairman John Phillips, in a memo to his colleagues and Recreation Commission members, called the workshop “an important step into the future as we try and determine the best approach to manage and use the many different recreational areas” in the city.