Recreation budget cuts look like this

first_imgThe Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department, faced with a $1.2 million shortfall this winter, had to cut 22 percent of its recreation budget for spring.The department retained programs serving 80 percent of the current participation level in youth-teen programs; senior programs; aquatics; sports; and tennis.However, many programs, including those that did not recover what it cost to provide them, were lost.This list is not exhaustive, but here are some of the major changes:Access to recreation• The youth Sensory Summer Fun Camp was cut. The program served children ages 6 to 12 with autism and other disabilities ,and was the only one of its kind in the metro area.Youth, family programs• The Kid’s First free after-school program will not operate in the 2012-2013 school year, unless Vancouver can find a private sponsor.• The free Summer Playground program will be significantly cut. In the early 2000s, Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation offered this program at 11 locations in Vancouver. In 2011, the program was offered at five locations for four hours, five days a week. The average daily attendance was 60 per site, or 300 overall.This year, the program will be at eight park locations for two hours, two days a week; no meals will be served. Thanks to grants and donations, Evergreen Park will continue with a five-day, four-hour program with meals.• Most family outdoor programs — such as hikes, snowshoeing, canoe trips and camp-outs — will no longer be offered.Teen programs• Teen programs were among the hardest hit, parks officials said Friday. Among those eliminated is the free Teen Late Night program at the Marshall and Firstenburg centers. The program ran from 8 to 11 p.m. every Friday and served more than 200 teens.last_img

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