Some York City parks, littered with the debris of downed trees and branches after last week's ice storm, could remain closed to the public for weeks.

"We're still finishing up some of the street work," Jim Gross, the city's public works director, said Monday afternoon. "We're hoping to get started on the parks tomorrow."

The city temporarily closed its parks Thursday, citing safety concerns. The closed parks include Bantz, Farquhar, Foundry, Hudson, Kiwanis Lake, Lincoln, Memorial, Noonan and Penn parks.

Especially hard hit by the storm were Farquhar, Lincoln and Memorial parks — home to some of the city's oldest trees, Gross said.

Gross said, for the most part, the public is heeding the city's request to stay out of the parks.

Fortunately, he said, the storm spared the city's playground facilities.

He said the city's work crews will start Tuesday tackling the clean-up one park at a time. Then, they'll let the public know when the parks are safe to enter.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us," Gross said.

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