Cuts likely for Oak Cliff rec centers

The Dallas Parks and Recreation Department is proposing to cut back operating hours for recreation centers, including 13 centers in Oak Cliff. The changes are in line with the city’s overall budget cuts. A complete listing of the Oak Cliff centers can be found here and here. Click here for the 2008-09 sales tax chart.

“Nothing is certain at this point,” said department spokesman Dave Strueber. But so far, the proposal is to cut hours at some centers from 55 hours a week to 40 hours a week. Smaller centers would go from 40 hours a week to 30 hours a week. The larger centers would be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. They would be closed on the weekends.

The reduced hours likely would result in fewer employees and programs, Stueber said. But he is focused on preserving after-school programs in all of the city’s 47 recreation centers. “We’ve got to take care of our kids first,” he said. “Even during the summer months.”


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