Money from the Office of Crime Prevention may help the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department with parttime staffing to provide programs for at-risk youths.
Mayor Jim Wetherington said today that parks and recreation was one of five key areas targeted for the prevention of crimes in neighborhoods. The need was highlighted Thursday during Columbus Council’s second Budget Review Committee session on the city’s $279.8 million proposed budget for fiscal 2011.
Tony Adams, director of parks and recreation, said the department never recovered after staffing was reduced in 2005 budget cuts. The city has $1 million set aside for the mayor’s crime prevention office but any funding to provides services must be approved by the board and its director Seth Brown.