Parks and recreation departments are really feeling the economic strain right now. Here's an example of one of the communities in which KaBOOM! has built and how it's coping with the crisis. Have you heard similar stories in your community? Share them in the comments.
Andrew Edwards, San Bernardino (Calif.) County Sun
Feb. 5, 2009
SAN BERNARDINO - City officials' attempts to cut their way out of a multimillion-dollar budget problem could wind up gutting the parks and recreation work force.
The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department could lose 61 percent of the jobs that are paid for with San Bernardino's general fund.
Morris said San Bernardino's dire financial straits create an imperative to seek grants and partnerships to protect services that the city can't afford.
One nonprofit that San Bernardino has newly established a relationship with is Kaboom, a Washington-based group that supports playground construction. Kaboom helped build playgrounds at Lytle Creek, Delmann Heights and Nunez parks in 2008.
An additional Kaboom build took place at SOAR Charter Academy. One bright spot for the city's parks is the planning of yet another Kaboom project at Meadowbrook Park.