Parks info from Astoria City Councillor Cindy Price:
How did the Parks & Rec Department get in this situation?
Ten years ago the Department was reduced to 14 full-time employees, about half the staff from the previous decade.
Over the following ten years, through today, budget cuts further reduced the number of full-time employees in the P&R Department by half again, to a total of 7.
Meanwhile, also over the last decade, parks facilities & activities have increased by 30 percent; and recreational programming has increased by 70 percent.
And of course, labor and material costs increase each year.
So that’s how we got where we are, to this breaking point for staff.