Parks asking public for help; Fundraisers fill funding gaps

With the hope of raising money for supplies and programs, the county parks department recently tried a new method to boost its budget.

The Johnson County Parks & Recreation Department asked residents to dine at a Greenwood restaurant, where 25 percent of their bills would be donated to the government office for supplies it couldn’t afford with its yearly budget, which has been cut by the county in recent years.

The event was the parks department’s first fundraising drive. It raised $90 to buy field guides and markers for night hikes and summer day camps, according to Jules Erwin, assistant parks superintendent.

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