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City Council to Examine Rec Center Proposals

The Baltimore City Council will hold hearings regarding city plans for recreation centers on Nov. 2.

The Baltimore City Council is scheduled to take a closer look at plans for running recreation centers—including finding private partners to run many of the buildings.

The council’s Recreation and Parks Subcommittee will hold a hearing at 5 p.m., Nov. 2 at City Hall.

The hearing was announced during the council’s meeting on Monday after Councilman Bill Henry, D-District 4, introduced the

“If one thing [I hope] comes out of this is that we find out some level of partnership other than somebody else is going to take full responsibility for the centers,” Henry said.

The city placed a request for proposal from private organizations to run many of its recreation centers. A request for proposal is the process governments often go through when seeking private vendors.

But only to the request for proposal and now the city is in danger of having to close many of its recreation centers because of budget constraints.

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Sean Tully October 26, 2011 at 12:37 AM
I read in the Sun today that some church groups are going to protest the Rec Center closings. I bet more people turn out for the protest than voted.
Adam Bednar (Editor) October 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM
BUILD is scheduled to have a protest. As for the turnout being higher I guess there's no real way to judge that, but I somehow doubt it will be larger than the primary election turnout.
Sean Tully October 27, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Adam, it was meant to be a funny remark. Of course the primary election turnout was bigger than the protest. Now, I will wager that the protest is bigger than the general election turnout.
Adam Bednar (Editor) October 27, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Sean, sorry about missing the joke. Hopefully I'm not becoming a humorless hack.
Sean Tully October 28, 2011 at 03:32 PM
No, Adam, you are fine. I am no Jon Stewart, so I can understand how you missed my attempt at humor.

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