City keeps water-damaged parks closed

Even though the flood waters are receding slowly, the flood of 2014 isn’t done.

“There’s going to be a lot of work,” Vinnie Massa, Warren City Department of Public Works assistant superintendent, said. “Beaty (Park) alone will take a week.”

He said that the bulk of the water covering Betts Park is gone, but the park’s edges along the river are still underwater, including all three pavilion areas.

“There is going to be a lot of silt, debris, brush and sticks,” once the water goes down, he said.

Massa said the park won’t be open until the end of next week, at the earliest, adding, “And I’m not guaranteeing that.”

“Beaty is even worse. The smart thing to do, and consistent with policy, is to err on the side of safety and keep them closed until we’re sure they are safe,” he added.

“We just put down about 15 tons of wood chips around the playground equipment and areas at Betts and Beaty. Now it’s cast around and scattered,” he said.

A fair portion of the work is going to be cleaning that up, he added, then repeating the work that had been done.

Massa said the re-opening of the parks would likely be in early June.