CHICAGO -- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said Friday he was closing 50 city parks to save money after the Detroit City Council rejected a proposal to lease the city’s largest park to the state government for 30 years.

The cuts will drop the number of open city parks to 57, down from an original 308, according to local reports. Bing also said the city would limit services at an additional 38 parks and cut programs at recreational centers.

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