Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Atlanta organization wants City Hall to protect, improve parks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Crime isn't the only issue Atlantans are rallying around this year.

More than 60 neighborhood groups, community organizations and some guy named "Arthur Blank" have joined forces as the Parks Atlanta Rescue Coalition, or PARC. They want City Hall politicians — as well as candidates — to remember greenspaces when they trim the budget.

The AJC's Eric Stirgus reports PARC wants City Hall to:

• By next year, take concrete steps to make Atlanta’s parks safer.

• By 2012, commit one mill of property taxes, about $20 million, to operate and maintain city parks. (The current Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs budget is $29.6 million. The proposed 2010 budget is $25.3 million.)

• By 2013, create a plan to acquire and develop more green space.

It's a long article but worth the read.

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