Bob Burke, Parks Director

Park Events


The Director of the Parks & Recreation Department is Robert Burke. Director Burke's experience as the former Community Center Director for the City of Newton Falls will be an asset in his position with the City of Youngstown Parks & Recreation Department.

Most park facilities should be free for taxpayer and children of Youngstown. Other fees are a legitimate source of revenue, but charges may not be high; otherwise, children of meager means will be excluded from swimming pools. Municipal golf fees should also be limited in price and within reach of children and people of lower incomes.

Although we think of fire protection, police protection, the construction of new streets, highways, expressways, disposal plants and new buildings as being important, the construction of play facilities such as playgrounds, swimming pools and athletic fields is also of immense importance, for recreational programs and facilities contribute to the development of mental and physical health of our children, the future citizens of Youngstown, Ohio.

The City's Parks & Recreation Department operates the municipal golf course, sponsors public concerts, manages programs for senior citizens and children and maintains 37 area park facilities including: baseball, football, softball, basketball, ice skating, swimming, cross country skiing, soccer and tennis. Click here for a complete listing and location of all parks maintained by the Youngstown Parks & Recreation Department.

See the Forms section below for information about the Summer Day Camp, Borts Pool reservations, and the new Arlington Heights Recreation Center. Click here for information about the Henry Stambaugh Golf Course.

Park User Safety Tips

  • Please be aware of your surroundings.
  • Children should be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Only use park equipment and/or facilities for the intended purpose.
  • Call 911 for emergencies.
  • Call 330-742-8711 Monday-Friday between 8-4 for Non-emergency situations.
  • Report all accidents to park staff.
  • Never build fires at any Youngstown Parks location. Use charcoal only in grills provided at designated picnic spots within parks.
  • Guard against sunburn and long-term effects of skin cancer by using sunscreen.
  • Thefts from cars and of personal property left unattended at parks can be a problem. Do not take unnecessary valuables with you on your outing, and never leave any valuables unattended in the park or in the car, even in the locked trunk.
  • During hot and muggy days, avoid unnecessary exposure to heat and drink plenty of water.
  • Watch the weather.
  • Keep dogs on a leash at all times.
  • Stay on trails to avoid poison ivy!
  • Park closes at dusk.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I obtain employment within the Parks Department?

  • Age 15 with certification: Lifeguard
  • Ages 16-17: Locker Girl/Locker Boy
  • Age 18 and over: Various Summer Day Camp positions or Laborer

**Applications available in Parks Office during duty hours**

How can I rent a park pavilion?

You must contact the Parks Office (330.742.8711) for pavilion availability and click here to see the rental rates of the various pavilions.

Who is responsible for cutting trees in the neighborhood?

The homeowners are responsible for trees on their property. If the tree is on the devil strip, call the Parks Department at 330.742.8711.

Forms & Documents

Contact Information

1st Floor, City Hall
26 South Phelps Street
Youngstown , OH 44503
Office Phone:330.742.8711
Hours:Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Name Title/Phone/E-mail
Robert D. Burke Director,
Tiffany Chavers Administrative Assistant I
Henry J. Stambaugh Golf Course
Jerald Gordon Maintenance Crew Supervisor
North Side Pool
Arlington Heights Recreation Center
David Sturtz City Forester
Darlene Tubbs Executive Secretary