Parks Dept. Optimistic in Spite of Cuts

NY Post
July 27, 2009

While budget cuts have made their way into every major city department, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation remains optimistic about its future.

The Parks Department recently released some worrisome figures, including a loss of $37 million from 2009 to 2010. A $11 million loss from 2010 to 2011 is expected. The total budget, which includes state funds and private grants/donations, currently stands at $383.4 million for 2009 and $346 million for 2010. The 2011 budget is projected at $335.6 million.

The Parks Department capital spending for projects through fiscal 2013 was cut by 14 percent, or $338 million compared to the proposed budget from January,

These cuts include Brooklyn’s own Bushwick Inlet Park, which is being planned for the Williamsburg-Greenpoint border, and Dreier-Offerman Park in Bensonhurst…

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