Warren City Council Wednesday night decided not to turn Deemer Park over to the Western Reserve Port Authority for economic development for now — but the Little Raiders football program has received no guarantees it can use the park again next year.
Officials with the youth football program were at the meeting and were pleased with the council’s decision.
A city official says more time will be given to decide on the future of Deemer Park.
The city has received a proposal to build a hydroponic greenhouse on the land. Those involved with the football program would like to stay — but are open to an alternative site.
“And we’re discussing an alternative location within the school system at one of their properties. But right now Deemer Park is still up for debate. Basically, if it’s not sold at the current time, it could be a possibility in the future. So we’re really just trying to move forward with an alternative location and making sure that accommodates everything that we need,” said Betsy Everman of the Little Raider’s Youth Football program.
The Little Raiders want a field that’s fenced in with a concession stand, restrooms, and a scoreboard.