The El Centro City Council recently appointed Marty Tracey as Parks and Recreation Department director after he served as economic development specialist for the city over the past year.
We applaud the council for filling the parks and recreation position after it was left vacant for far too long. There are some good, hard-working people who handle parks and handle recreation for the city but it makes sense to have one person at the helm responsible for reporting to the city manager, the council and the public.
Tracey recently voiced some of his goals as he takes on the new position. His goals include melding the parks and recreation services and improve the aesthetics of the parks. That is a good start, and some of the parks certainly need work, but there is more to be done toward enhancing parks and recreation in the city.
While police and fire departments are essential in protecting public safety, a city's parks and recreation department is crucial to keep kids busy with positive, fun and educational activities so they stay out of trouble.