Groups Complain That State Parks Deteriorating - Yahoo! News: "'We had the first park in the Boston Common. We invented the playground,' Abbott said. 'Massachusetts has gone from being a leader in this field to being last. We now spend less on parks and recreation in Massachusetts as a percentage of personal income than any other state in the country.'
Over the past three years, the state's parks, beaches, pools and rinks have lost 158 employees, most of them maintenance workers. It has a backlog of $750 million worth of projects."