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Adrian considers cuts to parks and recreation

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Parks and recreation could be on the chopping block in Adrian Michigan.  Monday night residents showed just how unhappy they are about the plan. 

The city budget shortfall is about $400,000 and administrators have laid off 30 people in the last few years to make ends meet. 

This year one of the possible ideas is cutting the parks and recreation programs which includes Bohn pool.  The idea came up in a meeting last week and Monday the community came out in force to tell the Adrian City Commission that they're not interested in cutting parks and recreation. 

There was no vote on the idea Monday and the budget does not have to be finalized until May.

"If they close Bohn pool, not just my summer, but a ton of people's summers won't be as fun as if it were with Bohn pool.  if they close Bohn pool they won't have the swim team and if they don't have the swim team people will be bored over the summer and I don't know about other people but my dream is to be an Olympian in swimming and I don't think it will be able to happen if Bohn pool closes," said Jake McKenize, a young Adrian resident. 

"Obviously the support for parks and rec is there.  I support parks and recreation so hopefully  through further budget talks we can avoid closures of any departments," said Cary Carrico, Adrian mayor pro tem. 

Monday's meeting was not designed to just talk about parks and recreation but that dominated the conversation.  A town hall on parks and recreation will be held Wednesday night. 

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