DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS:
EVALUATING APPROPRIATE DIVISION OF OPERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES WITH DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION AND PARKS
It remains unclear whether the FY98 and FY99 transfer of many operational responsibilities between the Departments of Recreation and Parks and Public Works have produced positive service benefits and represents the most appropriate division of operational responsibilities.
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Whether or not this transfer produced the desired effect remains an open issue. While the transfer produced a positive budgetary effect, Department of Recreation and Parks personnel and stakeholders familiar with the conditions of the City’s recreation centers and park facilities maintain that it has contributed to a further deterioration in conditions as the Department has little input in setting service priorities.
The Administration has begun to take steps to restore some functions, including construction for playgrounds, to the Department of Recreation and Parks. The Administration should revisit the balance of the transferred functions and make determinations as to whether their existing or former organizational placements are the most appropriate given the missions of both departments.