Some of Ohio's parks are feeling the pain of state budget cuts.
For the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, state and local government fund reductions mean the loss of more than 325 thousand dollars in next year's budget.
That means being creative with a 1-point-1 million dollar budget while still taking care of the parks.
Parks Director Kevin Haver says they're using more fuel efficient vehicles, mowing less acreage, and using a large finish mower to be more efficient.
He says they have five fewer employees then they had a decade ago and are always looking for more ways to save money.
He says another cost-cutting move they are trying is leaving the entry gates open and unlocked at night, saving a couple round trips. The park areas are still closed after dark and rangers and other law enforcement will continue to patrol them.