Parks Dept. Optimistic in Spite of Cuts
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…