Park District To Shut Down Monday In Budget Move

CHICAGO (CBS) — In an effort to balance its budget, the Chicago Park District will close its offices and field houses for four days this year – including Pulaski Day this Monday – in an effort to balance its budget.

All Park District facilities, classes and community programs will be canceled Monday, according to a news release. The Park District will also shut down on Friday, Nov. 25; Friday, Dec. 23; and Friday, Dec. 30, the release said.

“The Chicago Park District, like countless other local organizations, is faced with rising costs of basic needs and a decrease in funding to meet those needs,” Park District chief executive officer Timothy Mitchell said in the release. “The past year has presented a number of challenges resulting from these difficult financial times, and the mandatory shutdown day is one of the many measures we took to balance the 2011 budget.”

The parks themselves will still be open for walking or biking as usual.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Can't con an honest man

    Oh stop whining you dolts, look at it as four three day weekends for you to enjoy your family and friends. It’s better than being laid off. Go see your sponsor and he will give you overtime to make it up. Show me the figures at the end of the year after everyone has forgot about this farce.

  • mkcs

    Why on Earth do they close when the kids are out of school? The Park District’s programs are needed on those days more than any other!

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