Due to budget crises at every level of government, public parks are at serious risk of deferred maintenance, commercial exploitation or permanent shutdown. But who really wants that kind of “savings”?
In fact, the benefits that parks produce far outweigh their costs. And yet, parks are typically the first and easiest target of budget cutters. A single park can cause a ripple effect throughout the community. An ill-maintained park becomes vulnerable to vandalism and crime. A playground covered in graffiti invites more and so does a field scattered with trash. Reduced property values are the inevitable results.
I say that's wrong and it needs to stop. Our parks represent the best of our community and they must be protected.