It’s the same old story.
When government budgets get tighter, one of the first items to get cut is in the parks and recreation department. While parks and recreation centers are vitally important to a city’s quality of life, when it comes to choosing between police officers and park maintenance, public safety usually wins out.
Two metro Atlanta governments provide alternative approaches that show different approaches on how to fund park acquisition and maintenance — the City of Atlanta and Gwinnett County.
Margaret Connelly, executive director of the advocacy organization Park Pride, sent out an “Alert” on May 10 saying that the proposed City of Atlanta budget by Mayor Kasim Reed would shift about $3 million from trust funds to help cover an operating budget gap for fiscal year 2014.