A coalition made up of park advocates, labor leaders and council members called on the Budget and Finance Committee today to make parks funding a priority in the next fiscal year.
Led by civic leader Steve Soboroff, the Parks Save! campaign wants city leaders to preserve the Recreation and Parks budget, which would actually increase by $8.7 million under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s proposed budget. The problem, according to the group, is that Recreation and Parks has had to pay an increasingly burdensome amount for city services like water, electricity, sanitation and retirement benefits over the last few years. This means there is ultimately less money available for park facilities and programs. (Read More…)