ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – This past weekend, protesters pitched their tents in Lone Elk Park in a show of support for keeping it and 22 other Saint Louis County parks open.

And tonight, the Saint Louis County Council will hold another budget meeting.

If it’s anything like last week’s meeting, park proponents will spill out of the council chambers. Close to one-thousand people turned out for last week’s budget meeting and they don’t seem to be backing down on keeping the County parks open.

“I’m still waiting to hear what was the reason the parks were even brought up to begin with since obviously none of you are in favor of this,” one attendee told the council. “This proposed cut to the Parks Department is in direct conflict with the county’s own green and growing effort,” argued another. Some raised concerns of property values depreciating.

The St. Louis County Council Special Budget Committee Meeting is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. this evening on the first floor of the County Council Conference Room in Clayton. Officials say public comments will not be allowed. Full details can be found here.

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  1. ed golterman says:

    Protesting is fine. Money is better. End the Zoo-Museum Tax-let citizens put that $50 milion a year ‘in play in the County where it is taxed. Use the tax revenue to help make up budget shortfall. Keep all of the hotel/motel or ‘tourism’ tax in the County-about $10 million a year it hasn’t done the County much good the City. If it comes down to bicycle paths vs. keeping parks open-end the bicycle trails tax. And, end the abuses of public and private money by not-for-profits. Big money.

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