Detroit Closing 50 Parks

By Dave Leval

Detroit Closing 50 Parks

February 1, 2013 Updated Feb 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM EDT

DETROIT, MI (My TV20 News at 10) --- You better enjoy Savage Park while you can.

It's one of 50 public parks around Detroit expected to close this spring.

Mayor Dave Bing told reporters Friday morning there's simply no money to keep the parks operating.

Closing them is part of the $6 million in cost-saving measures Bing is taking.

The mayor claims they are needed after the City Council failed to approve a lease agreement with the State of Michigan this week over Belle Isle.

It costs Detroit $6 to maintain the island every year.

The parks scheduled to close are those that offer few amenities like playgrounds for children.

Forty other parks will get fewer visits from work crews for grass-cutting and other maintenance.

Also, six recreation centers will not have their hours expanded as originally planned.

Plus, Detroit will not open any of its outdoor pools this year.

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