Parks and wrecks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita As distressing as the findings in the audit are, they are a cause for some hope. The audits were requested by the Department of Recreation and Parks’ then-incoming General Manager Jon Kirk Mukri about two years ago, and there’s every indication he’s seriously responding to the audit’s problem areas. Mukri will have to move soon. Otherwise, the city will have to rename it the Parks and Wrecks Department. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The latest of a trio of audits examining operations and finances of city’s parks and recreation facilities just confirms the complaints of many residents that years of bad management have hastened the deterioration of parks and other public recreation facilities – especially in the San Fernando Valley. This latest audit by City Controller Laura Chick notes that while the city is spending millions to create new parks, it’s allowing the older ones to fall into disrepair. For example, several of the city’s swimming pools have had to close because of poor maintenance, and several others are at risk of closing due to poor upkeep. “The way we are maintaining our assets now is we wait for them to break down, then we go in to fix them,” Chick said. That is no way for the city to treat its most valuable municipal assets. In very real terms, the city’s 390 parks, 176 recreation centers, 13 golf courses, 54 swimming pools and 30 senior centers represent hundreds of millions of dollars. last_img read more