Metro Parks to reduce budget [Dispatch] -Some bike projects spared

Runners make their way along a trail at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.
Metro Parks plans to cut $6.1 million in its 2013 budget in anticipation of additional state funding cuts and less revenue from local taxes because of decreased property values.
That means fewer land purchases and big cuts in capital improvements at new parks such as the Rocky Fork Metro Park in northeastern Franklin County.
“Our primary focus is maintaining the parks and the staff,” Metro Parks commissioner Jeff McNealey said.
The budget Metro Parks commissioners will discuss today is $24.7 million, down from the $30.8 million the district is expected to spend this year. The district had budgeted $32.4 million for 2012.