Parks maintenance - july 2017
Released July 2017
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We undertook this audit because the Office of Parks scored relatively high in our 2015 risk assessment. Primary risk factors included size and complexity, spending on capital outlay and commodities, budget-to-actual variances, and relatively high overtime, injury on the job, and sick leave hours.
We inspected a sample of 40 parks using the Department of Parks and Recreation's quality assessment form, which establishes a high standards rubric.
- The average score for parks we inspected was 73%. Fifteen of the 40 parks scored below 70%, indicating that the park was in poor condition.
- Parks in our sample maintained by third parties scored an average of 15 percentage points higher than the sample parks maintained by city crews.
- Staffing during the off-season may not keep up with year-round needs. The Office of Parks collected about half as many inspections as would be inspected on a ten-day cycle.
- The department paid parks maintenance employees over $540,000 in overtime in 2015 and 2016.