DETROIT
02/01/2013 09:28 am ET

Bing To Announce Parks And Recreation Cuts, Closures Following Collapse Of Belle Isle Deal

Mayor Dave Bing is expected to announce on Friday a number of cuts to the city's parks and recreation budget -- including the closure of city parks -- in the aftermath of the City Council's decision this week not to approve a deal for Michigan to lease Belle Isle and run it as a state park.

That decision -- the council couldn't muster enough support to take a full up-or-down vote on the proposed lease -- prompted Gov. Rick Snyder to remove the deal from the table. Snyder took with him an offer to wipe $6 million in annual maintenance and operations costs for Belle Isle off the city's books -- money the Bing administration said would have helped Detroit pay for other crucial city services and other city parks.

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