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.

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