Push for new parks and recreation department continues in Ellsworth

The Ellsworth American

ELLSWORTH — City officials last week again voiced interest in and support for creating a municipal parks and recreation department, one that would have a particular focus on the “parks” part to start.

City Manager David Cole, city councilors and others have said increased use of public outdoor spaces — most notably Knowlton Park and the waterfront — has required more time and labor from current city staff who are already busy with their existing jobs.

They said having a parks and recreation department could alleviate that burden and would result in better oversight of the facilities, from maintenance to scheduling.

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