ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – You Paid For It discovers troubling new problems at a second St. Louis city run community center used by about 14,000 people.
Now my investigation reveals problems at another city run center in North St Louis called Wohl Community Center has issues, with two rooms of a completely exposed ceiling with exposed wiring and pipes. There are also holes in bathroom walls.
The gym has wrapping around the pipes that are falling from the ceiling.
Taxpayers pay more than $200,000 to run the center that was used by 24,000 people last year. But apparently, the city has neglected maintenance on the building, in some cases for years. I talked to a lot of the people that use the centers. They point out how important they are for helping kids stay off the streets and out of trouble. They want the centers to be as inviting as possible. They just can't understand why the city has not addressed these problems before we pointed them out.
We talked to the Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Greg Hayes. He promises to fix everything that he can though he does not yet have a time table.