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You Paid For It – Taxpayer funded Gamble Community Center in disarray

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A You Paid For It investigation uncovers serious problems at a St Louis City run community center for kids.

The Gamble Community Center is located in one of the poorest areas in north St Louis and costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to run. The center is important because it gives kids a place to go to make sure they can stay out of trouble and be around positive influences and programs.

But Gamble Center kids look like they're getting the short-end of the stick.

There's paint peeling from the walls, holes in the walls, exposed wiring, the heating and cooling systems don’t work right so they can only heat or cool half the building, and there are many more problems.

And what's worse, the Director of the St Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Greg Hayes said he didn't start looking at the Gamble Center problems until we showed up with questions. Hayes has vowed he will start fixing some of the trouble in the wake of our visit.