CITY HALL — Starting Friday, visitors to Deukmejian Wilderness Park may notice something missing from the area’s scenic landscapes.
Facing an $18-million budget shortfall, the City Council this week approved a budget that slashed more than $1 million for parks and community services, including $262,387 that supported the the city’s open space and trail programming.
While the thousands of acres of open space and trails will still be accessible to the public, city support will now be limited to minimal maintenance and the daily opening and closing of Deukmejian’s park gates.
The cuts will be most visible at Deukmejian, which will no longer have naturalists stationed at the wilderness park to maintain trails, lead hikes and other educational programming.
“That’s something that in the future we could look towards rebuilding, if for example we could develop a volunteer core to fill that gap,” said Community Services & Parks Director Jess Duran.