Cutbacks have Metro Parks watching grass grow - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Cutbacks have Metro Parks watching grass grow

Some of Louisville's parks are looking less than tidy these days.   A wetter than normal spring and cutbacks in manpower mean the department is behind getting the grass cut -- and some places really need it.

Too many rainy days and cuts in the Parks Department budget mean work crews are behind in getting the grass mowed in some city parks.

Like other city agencies, the Parks Department has been forced to reduce its budget by 3% --about a half million dollar reduction.

Parks Department spokesman Jason Cissell says the department has tried to use the manpower it has to mow the areas that are used most freqently by the public, and let the grass grow in the less busy locations.

Along creeks in Cherokee Park, the grass is allowed to grow almost year-round for environmental reasons.

But despite the recent budget cuts, plans are to hire some part-time and full-time workers in the coming weeks.

The Parks Department has about 56 full-time maintenance workers, plus some seasonal employees.

They have other duties besides grass mowing, but the department says if the weather stays dry it will try to catch up.

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