Hundreds Rally to Save St. Louis County Parks From Budget Cuts

Maria Keena

CLAYTON (KMOX) – Close to 1,000 people turned out at Tuesday night’s Saint Louis County Council meeting. The reason was abundantly clear — do not close any St. Louis County parks.

23 park facilities are on the chopping block.

PHOTOS FROM THE MEETING >>

St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley presented the 2012 budget to council members two weeks ago, sparking the firestorm.

They crossed borders — from the City of Saint Louis, O’Fallon, Missouri and even Belleville, Illinois — all carrying the same skepticism about the need to cut funds and close parks.

Listen: Speakers on Proposed Parks Cuts

Council Chairman Steven Stenger and several other council members told the crowd that they have no intention of closing parks and laying off workers, despite what the County Executive says. Dooley says it’s going to be tough, but he feels optimistic by joining in partnerships that the parks can be saved. He did say that no St. Louis County parks would be sold.

The council members now have the daunting task of finding the money to keep the parks open.

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