In St. Paul, neighbors wary of private rec centers

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 8, 2012 - 9:49 PM

The city gave residents six months to express opinions about how the Conway and McDonough sites would be used under new management.

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nessmessDec. 9, 12 5:57 AM

yep!!!!

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Thumper5316Dec. 9, 12 9:09 AM

Seems as if everyone wants it as long as somebody else pays for it.

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trice01Dec. 9, 1212:45 PM

"In a recent letter to city leaders, Leach suggested Conway is being privatized, in part, because the community has a high percentage of low-income and minority residents." Congratulations, Ms. Leach. You threw the first race card on this snowy Sunday in the Twin Cities!!! Now my day is complete.

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bluedevil101Dec. 9, 12 3:50 PM

Simple: Put the rec center funding on the ballot and let the citizens vote on increasing their taxes to pay for it. Doesn't seem complex to me.

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rlwr51Dec. 9, 12 4:41 PM

People don't seem to realize how valuable rec centers are to inner city life, especially in poorer neighborhoods where parents have few resources. The article says that privatizing the rec center it will save $390,000 dollars, but doesn't say how that will be done. I can easily see that money being eaten up in extra programs needed in schools, extra subsidized day care funding, extra policing to keep bored kids in line, etc. If you can just hop in the car and drive over to the St. Croix you don't know the value of a neighborhood wading pool on a hot day for kids and parents who don't have a car or money for gas. Being able to have kids on a sports team for little or no cost is invaluable. Programs like Jimmy Lee have kept many kids out of trouble and on track to stay in school...... If these places aren't worth it, why are for-profits interested? Why not put the for-profit rec centers in the more affluent neighborhoods?

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trice01Dec. 9, 12 8:04 PM

"In a recent letter to city leaders, Leach suggested Conway is being privatized, in part, because the community has a high percentage of low-income and minority residents." Congratulations, Ms. Leach. You threw the first race card on this snowy Sunday in the Twin Cities!!! Now my day is complete.

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rlwr51Dec. 9, 12 9:01 PM

trice01 - I didn't know low income was a race. Hmm?

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