City of Meridian Keeps Summer Programs

From baseball to swimming, there are many activities Meridian's Parks and Recreation Department offers throughout the summer. However, with the announcement of recent citywide cuts, the fear from some was how this would affect the programs it offers.

Department director Mark Naylor says there is some good news on that front.

"No, this doesn't affect the summer programs or swimming activities at all," Naylor said.

Naylor said the most recent cuts eliminated three full-time positions within the department. One was in maintenance. The other two were with specific programs.

"Basically we'll be making up for that," said Naylor. "Some of the full-time people will assume some of that and then we use a lot of part time help. So, the public actually won't see any difference. Our programs will continue to go on."

However, if more cuts come, he says this could change.

"We hope not to have to do that. Everybody has trimmed all that they can trim," said Naylor. "We're doing all the program we've done. We're still maintaining the things that we've maintained in the past but we're at the point that we don't want to get any lower."

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