Nature More Popular, but Parks Budgets Slashed

Van Cortlandt Park (thisistheBronX)

The Bronx Times reports that the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) has released a survey that revealed even though the coronavirus pandemic has led to more people taking advantage of recreation in nature, many greenspace organizations have seen their budgets cut and are having a hard time taking care of their areas.

According the BX Times, this is especially alarming to the Bronx because it is home to the Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortlandt Park, which are the first and third largest parks in NYC.

The survey looked at municipal and nonprofit partners in 12 United States cities, and came to the conclusion that 83% of organizations saw increased activity but only 17% were confident that they had enough funding to survive 2021.

The survey also revealed that 72% of organizations experienced decreased capacity to manage nature areas, and 94% saw a decrease in volunteer events, reports BX Times.

Read the full August 4, 2020 report by Jason Cohen in BRONX TIMES…

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