DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is proposing the sale of dozens of the city's 367 parks as part of an effort to raise money.
The Detroit Free Press reports more than half of the 92 parks in the proposal are tucked in neighborhoods.
Many of those neighborhoods are no longer dense in population.
The city estimates it could get $8.1 million from selling the land and $5.4 million per year from new tax revenue.
It also would save $540,000 annually by no longer having to maintain the parks.
The plan is a relief for some residents who hope to see the lots improve and upsetting to those who say the city is getting rid of precious assets.
More than half of the 92 parks are less than an acre in size -- so-called pocket parks -- tucked in neighborhoods. Some have swing sets, jungle gyms, slides and benches. They make up 124 acres of the city's roughly 6,000 acres of parkland.
The plan to sell off city parkland has generated relief among some neighbors hoping to see the lots improve and anger among those who say the city is getting rid of precious assets.