The Spence Drive playground is a "bizarre" situation because it sits almost in an individual's front yard, Persinger said.
"And that just happens to be the people we're paying rent to," he said.
Persinger also pointed out that there was no way for children to safely walk to the playground. However, it was the most used of the three up for closure, Richardson said.
"And people walk there from Wertz Avenue," he said.
Democratic Councilwoman Shannon Snodgrass opposed closing the two playgrounds. Both are in her ward. Children living in that area have few outdoor recreation opportunities, and closing the two playgrounds would only make matters worse, she said.
She said rent for the two playgrounds was minimal.
They will be kept open while Snodgrass asks the property owners if they would be willing to donate the land to the city.
One of the reasons the committee opted not to close two of the three playgrounds is because youngsters do utilize the facilities.
Salisbury, a Fort Hill Republican, was unsure when the Palm Drive playground would close. She was also unsure if the closure would have to go before the full council. City Attorney Paul Ellis will review the lease and research the issue.