St. Louis City Parks http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Tower Grove Park Director To Step Down, Says Building On Park's Legacy Won't End http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tower-grove-park-director-step-down-says-building-parks-legacy-wont-end <p>After 27 years, John Karel, the director of Tower Grove Park is stepping down.</p><p>Karel says during his time as director he always worked to restore, maintain and improve the park. The next person will still have a lot to do to maintain the city's second largest park.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:22:31 +0000 Emanuele Berry 38297 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tower Grove Park Director To Step Down, Says Building On Park's Legacy Won't End Second Former Parks Official Sentenced For Embezzlement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/second-former-parks-official-sentenced-embezzlement <p>The U.S. District Court of Eastern Missouri has sentenced a former St. Louis city official to three years in federal prison for embezzlement.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 20:28:30 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33284 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Second Former Parks Official Sentenced For Embezzlement Vacca Gets Three Years For Parks Fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/vacca-gets-three-years-parks-fraud <p>The former deputy parks commissioner for St. Louis city will spend three years in federal prison for his role in a <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-parks-department-vows-changes-after-465000-fraud">scheme that defrauded the city</a> of more than $470,000.</p><p>Joseph Vacca&nbsp;did not speak at today's sentencing hearing except to answer questions from Judge Carol Jackson, who rejected a request from Vacca's attorney for a lighter sentence.</p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 03:25:56 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32430 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Vacca Gets Three Years For Parks Fraud Sentencing Set For Former High-Level St. Louis Parks Officials Who Stole $465,000 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sentencing-set-former-high-level-st-louis-parks-officials-who-stole-465000 <p>One of two men who admitted to <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-parks-department-vows-changes-after-465000-fraud">stealing more than $450,000</a> from the St. Louis city parks department will learn tomorrow how much time he’ll spend in jail.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 23:29:47 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 32387 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sentencing Set For Former High-Level St. Louis Parks Officials Who Stole $465,000 St. Louis Parks Department Vows Changes After $465,000 Fraud http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-parks-department-vows-changes-after-465000-fraud <p>The head of the St. Louis city parks department has apologized for an elaborate fraud in which two high-level employees stole nearly $465,000 from the city.</p><p>"We know that we are the stewards of an incredible legacy, and stewards of the taxpayers' money," Gary Bess told the parks committee. "We want their trust, and know that we have to earn it. That's why I'm as&nbsp;disappointed as anyone that this has happened. On behalf of everyone in the administration, and the parks department, I'd like to apologize. It's not who we are."</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:29:19 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 31613 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Parks Department Vows Changes After $465,000 Fraud Two Former St. Louis Parks Officials Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/two-former-st-louis-parks-officials-plead-guilty-fraud-charges <p>Two former St. Louis Parks Division officials have pleaded guilty to embezzling over $400,000 from the Parks Division.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:55:00 +0000 Kelsey Proud 29756 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Two Former St. Louis Parks Officials Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges Why The 'Arch Tax' Is A Bit Of A Misnomer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/why-arch-tax-bit-misnomer <p>It's known as the Arch tax, but if St. Louis city and St. Louis County voters approve the measure next month, the biggest chunk of money goes to parks in the region.<br>&nbsp;<br>The sales tax would add about 2 cents to a $10 purchase in the city and county. <a href="http://bit.ly/YPgPvl">The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports</a> that it could raise an estimated $780 million over the next 20 years.<br>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:40:19 +0000 The Associated Press 9848 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Why The 'Arch Tax' Is A Bit Of A Misnomer