Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Maps that illustrates city budget cuts, Part II -- Parks and recreation services
Second in a League of Minnesota Cities series - This particular map provides a visual representation of the magnitude of cuts specifically in the area of city parks and recreation. Again, as with the public safety cuts map, note that some areas of the state may appear underrepresented because of lack of online news content available in those areas, among other factors. Park and rec budget-cutting actions may include reducing mowing in city parks, shortened pool season or hours, cuts in summer recreation programs offered, the use of volunteers to plant and maintain flowers along main street, and more. With warm seasonal weather in Minnesota on the horizon, park and rec becomes an even more visible and valued public service. Will your city be forced to make budget cuts that could affect outdoor recreational activities this summer?