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Budget Cuts At Fairfax Parks Could Mean Inconvenience For Visitors

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Harrison Glasgow, Vice-Chair of the Fairfax Parks Authority Board, says budget cuts could put the entire park system on a path towards failure.
Jonathan Wilson
Harrison Glasgow, Vice-Chair of the Fairfax Parks Authority Board, says budget cuts could put the entire park system on a path towards failure.

By Jonathan Wilson

In Virginia, members of Fairfax County's Park Authority say a second year of budget cuts could compromise its ability to draw visitors.

Budget cutbacks may mean strolls through some parks in Fairfax will be cut short if nature calls.

"Restrooms have to be maintained they have to be cleaned, and if there's no one to do that, then we really can't leave them open," says Harrison Glasgow, vice-chairman of the Parks Authority Board.

Glasgow says cuts proposed by County Executive Tony Griffin would eliminate more than a dozen maintenance positions and force the closure of restroom facilities at 15 parks.

Griffin's plan also calls for shutting off nightlights at all county tennis and basketball courts for a savings of $60,000.

"The amount of money saved, versus the damage being done to the whole system is disproportionate, in our view," says Glasgow.

This year's proposed 11 percent cut to the parks budget comes after a 15 percent cut last year.

The Board of Supervisors is trying to close a $257 million budget shortfall.

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