Cleveland Metroparks hones skills at stretching dollars to get the most out of capital improvements

May 7, 2022 — For more than 100 years, Cleveland Metroparks has honed its skills at stretching a dollar.

The park system, an operation with a budget expected to approach $150 million for 2022, operates much like a city. It has its own police force, provides services for amenities, and manages annual capital expenses.

Covering the costs of new attractions, equipment, zoo animals, and improvements to golf courses, reservations, and other facilities is a challenge that involves pairing tax revenues with money from outside sources to get the biggest bang for the buck, the parks district says.