That may not be too far off the mark, as cash-strapped
cities across the nation are getting creative to maintain
services in spite of cutbacks. In Albermarle County, Va.,
officials have asked volunteers and jail inmates to help
care for public parks.
According to local reports, the volunteers are helping
to build a trail network for hikers, bikers and horseback
riders at Preddy Creek Park, and due to budget constraints
the project would not be completed without their help.
The same is true in Des Moines, Iowa. City leaders there
established a volunteer program by which locals pitch in to
help maintain local cemeteries and recently held an open
house to recruit new volunteers.