The 2014 NRPA Parks and Recreation National Database Report states that across most municipalities, budgets have tightened over the past few years, impacting how parks and recreation departments secure needed funding. Operating expenses may have remained constant, but direct revenues have decreased. In the “good old days,” taxes adequately funded maintenance and capital expenditures. When that wasn’t enough, departments added user fees. Pretty soon those funding sources no longer kept pace with the ever-increasing expenses.