St. Paul increases funding for recreation centers

December 31, 2018 06:37 PM

A recreation center is an important part of any neighborhood and now St. Paul is increasing funding at rec centers all across the city. 

In the 2019 St. Paul city budget, new department investments in park and rec total $1.4 million. It includes tripling out-of-school time programming, expanding facility hours and adding youth transportation.


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The push for increased funding for rec centers has been a priority for St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. 

"I know how important it is for a community to have high-quality rec programming available," Carter said. "In our budget this year we decided to make a meaningful investment in our children and families."

Even though St. Paul spends less on parks and rec than Minneapolis, St. Paul is allocating a higher percentage towards next year's budget.

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