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Carbondale City Council looks at options after the Carbondale Park Districts declines continuing to explore merging

City of Carbondale All Ways Open
City of Carbondale

The discussion about a potential merger between Carbondale and its Park District will continue for a bit longer.

After 45 minutes of discussion at Tuesday's city council meeting, Carbondale city leaders decided to invite the Park District to a meeting to discuss the reason for their decision.

Councilman Adam Loos says he’s disappointed in a recent letter from Park District leaders, indicating they opposed the merger.

“No explanation as to why they feel that way, no explanation as to what process was used to determine that, you know, so when I hear know a referendum saying explore the possibility of merger, I think you have a duty to explore that in good faith to actually look at how would that work?”

Over the last few years, the park district decided to not renew their lease on Turley Park, Tatum Heights Park and the Pyles Fork Creek Greenway, now the city maintains the properties.

The city council plans to explore terminating the park districts lease at the Carbondale Super Block and Evergreen Park.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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