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Published June 11, 2010, 03:09 PM

City of Moorhead focuses on improving maintenance at parks

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The city of Moorhead is trying to do more to maintain its parks.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

City Manager Michael Redlinger says new city parks and bike paths have been added in the last decade, without adding new staff or equipment to care for them.

The city grew nearly 5 square miles and added 4 to 5-thousand new residents since 2000.

During that time, much of the city's budget growth has gone to public safety, not parks or operations. L-G-A cuts have only made it harder to keep up with grass, the snow and the potholes.

“They've been great investments and people enjoy going to these new parks and new facilities, but they take maintenance and they take time and we want to be comparable and look like other facilities in the metro. It's a competitive market.”

Redlinger says the city's looking into using more temporary or seasonal employees, like students, who would be cheaper and give the city more flexibility.