Parks and Rec talks summer plans Tuesday

The City of Warren Parks & Recreation Commission heard about trees, playgrounds and a comprehensive plan during Tuesday’s meeting.

On trees, City Planner David Hildebrand updated the commission on spring tree planting, which included the removal of many ash trees – and the planting of different species at Betts Park as well as plantings at Beaty Park.

He noted that the city does not “have a preponderance of ash in the city. As time goes by, (we) try to diversify” and explained that many of the spring’s plantings include flowering trees such as crabapple and shade trees like oak, maple and sycamore.

“We’ve come a long way,” he said.

Terry Williams, the city’s director of codes, permitting and recreation services, told the committee that a group working to bring a sensory playground to Lacy Park received a $15,000 grant for a piece of equipment.

Hildebrand said construction for that project would be next year with Crescent Park on tap for construction this year.

Williams told the Commission that the CAR Pool opened last weekend with limited hours while school is still in session. She said the pool looks great with a fresh coat of paint and said that over 300 passes were sold in advance.

She also said that planning is underway for the summer playground program, which will kick off on June 17.

Williams also told the commission that the city and county are collaborating on a comprehensive parks and recreation plan and that two focus groups will be meeting into the summer and fall examining both parks and recreation options in the city as well as around the county.

Additionally, there is a vacancy on the commission. City residents interested in applying to fill the vacancy can find an application on the city’s website,