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Richland City Council Discusses Plans for Small Parks

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RICHLAND, Wash--  It's a heavily talked about issue: should the city of Richland maintain small parks?  A recent City Council meeting took aim at the question.  So what was the outcome?

In short, close to nothing came from Monday's meeting.  The Council discussed what's in the best interest for the city budget.  They also asked whether they should maintain small parks, or sell them off.

The question isn't easily answered; some people say the parks should stay.  But a park assessment over a year ago says not enough people are taking the time to even use the parks. So the question becomes: are they worth the money?

KNDU spoke with the Parks and Recreation Director of Richland, who says for the time being, these parks will continue to receive the money they need to stay maintained.

"If we're going to have them in our inventory, we need to maintain them," says Douglas Stone.  That's always been our position.   It's not like we would suddenly not water the grass or mow the grass in the neighborhood parks.   That's not what we're proposing."

One of the only things to come from Monday's meeting was the decision to maintain the same city budget.  KNDU asked the director how much money the city would save should they take small park maintenance out of the budget, but did not get a number.