Despite being in charge of 29,000 acres of land (14 percent of the city!) the New York City Parks Department often gets the short end of the stick when it comes to the city's budget. Which starts to hurt when trees are losing branches and hurting people and public pools are filled to capacity and need extra security. Luckily, this year at least, the City Council and the mayor's office have found a way to give Parks a little extra green. $30 million worth, in fact.

In a last minute move the Council and the Mayor have agreed to restore $30 million to the Parks budget, according to the Times, including adding $2 million to the existing $1.45 million tree pruning budget. That should help Parks get their pruning schedule back to a seven year cycle—which is recommended by arborists. In the recent years budget cuts had lengthened the cycle to 15 years (which helped lead to depressing arborcide incidents like this). In addition:

Lawmakers and city officials also added $16.8 million to the budget to preserve a job-training program that the parks department participates in, saving the equivalent of 845 full-time maintenance positions. And the city found an additional $9.6 million to save a variety of summer services.

Those extra summer services include keeping the city's popular public pools and beaches fully staffed. And while Parks observers are happy about the cash influx, they say there is still a ways to go. "Our elected officials continue to allocate a fraction of the funds needed to properly secure, maintain and program our city parks," Geoffrey Croft of NYC Parks Advocates tells us. "Obviously adding any amount of money is welcome news however it does not come anywhere near what is needed. As a result the public will continue to be in danger due to the lack of funding."