It's a growing trend: A government cuts the parks and
recreation budget - then asks non-profits to find money and
volunteers to fill in the gaps. Sacramento County is trying
the concept out with the Effie Yeaw Nature Center in
Carmichael. Now, the city hopes to find organizations to
manage four community centers - after closing a $43 million budget
gap in June.
Sylvia Fort with Sacramento's Parks and Rec department says under
the program, non-profits could expand their services.
Fort: "They would be able to,
for example, deliver maybe a summer program for youth and
teens. Enhance service delivery to the older adult
population. Tutoring for kids. Reading programs for
Proposals are due in early September. Fort says the
community centers will close November 1st if the city can't
find non-profit operators.
The centers are:
Southside Clubhouse in downtown
Robertson Community Center in North Sacramento
Elmo Allen Slider Clubhouse in South Sacramento
George Sim Community Center in South Sacramento
(two rooms only)