New York's Expensive Parks
Arden says that some see "disparities between lavish, showplace parks for the haves and cast-off parcels for the have-nots" in New York. Half of the city's parks rely on private funding or assistance. Park maintenance was cut drastically during a 1970s budget crisis, and has never quite recovered. Bloomberg's new budget will reflect "a record low of 0.37 percent, or $239 million" for the Parks Department.