The official closing time in the summer months (April through October) is 8pm at Huguenot Memorial Park and Hanna Park. However, recently the parks have been closing at 6pm due to “budget cuts,” and parking citations are being issued to anyone that is in the park later than this. The Chapter was told that the Jacksonville City Council has the sole authority to change the park hours, but they haven’t. Not only does that question the legality of the change of hours, but also the citations many may have received from the JSO. It was a city-wide effort to save money in the least effective way while limiting recreation opportunities. After numerous letters and complaints, the City Council voted on April 18th to ensure that starting April 28th the parks will be back to summer hours.