Title

"City" piece on Portland's parks. Dana Souza, director of the parks and recreat

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

12-17-1998

Pages

8, 9

Abstract

"City" piece on Portland's parks. Dana Souza, director of the parks and recreation department, is responsible for about 40 parks, 14 playgrounds, dozens of athletic fields, four cemeteries and seven recreation centers. He says he took the job about 18 months ago in part because city officials made a public commitment to the parks. Officials have developed a 10-year plan to reclaim the areas, budgeting $10 million for improvements and increasing annual funding for parks and cemetery upkeep from less than $1 million in 1990 to $2.2 million this year. But Souza doesn't have the new money yet and says improvements will take time because the city's neglect of its parks was so lengthy and thorough. Anne Pringle, president of the Friends of Deering Oaks, said the city's renewed interest has encourged her group to move forward with a $450,000 project to create a children's wading area and reflecting pool in what is now a swampy ravine.

Subjects

Portland -- Parks

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