Warm weather cuts into Ind. county's parks budget

March 16, 2012 11:18:37 AM PDT
Warm winter weather took a toll on a northern Indiana parks department when it couldn't open tubing and skiing runs.

The South Bend Tribune reports the St. Joseph County Parks Department made just $3,800 this season on tubing and cross-country skiing. That's a decrease of 83 percent from last season. The county's tubing hills and ski runs were open to the public for just three days. For the first time, none were open at any point in February.

Most of the revenue the department earned came from the sale of used ski equipment.

The National Weather Service says South Bend had its fourth-warmest winter on record.

But county parks director Evie Kirkwood says the department has a financial cushion -- February was a record month for disc golf.