The Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and our coalition park groups will hold a joint rally/press conference on Wednesday, May 5th, at 3:00 p.m. on the steps of City Hall on the Polk Street side. The City budget will be officially approved July 1st by the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors, and if the proposed cuts are made, Rec and Park will have taken a 40% cut in their General Fund contribution in three years A- a more dramatic cut than any other department!
At the start of the current fiscal year, Rec and Park estimated that they were 150 gardeners short of staff required just to keep up our parks, not including additional custodians, carpenters, plumbers and electricians needed to repair irrigation, fences, benches, signs and facilities in a timely way. The 2004 budget calls for cutting 121 more staffing positions.
The additional tragedy is that over two dozen park and playground renovation projects have been cut from the Rec and Park Capital Plan. Some of these capital improvement projects already have actively-engaged communities organizing to make their projects happen. Community members have spent hundreds of hours in design meetings and private fundraising to help stretch Rec and Park dollars.
We need to mobilize to save these projects already underway and our gardeners!
WHO: Neighborhood Parks Council
WHAT: Save Our Parks! Rally/ Press Conference
WHEN: Wednesday, May 5 @- 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.
WHERE: City Hall steps, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St. steps)