JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park visitors are upset by reduced hours.
The park closing time usually changes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time.
This year, the change has not yet gone into effect.
"They told us from first of April on, the hours would get extended," said Edith Putman. "And then find out a few weeks later, they're not."
Putman and her husband Victor feel taken advantage of, saying that the 6 p.m. closing time isn't what was advertised when she bought the $86 annual park pass.
"People get off work. They're not going to be able to come out here at 6:00," Victor Putman said. "So, I mean, extend it a few hours. Give people time to get home and then come enjoy the park."
Hanna Park manager Ken Berk declined an on-camera interview, but said the limited hours are due to insufficient staffing.
The insufficient staffing, he said, is due to a hiring freeze.
The City of Jacksonville's Recreation and Community Programming operates the park.
"I don't believe this ever came up, to cut back hours from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. during Daylight Savings Time," said Matt Schellenberg, city council member.
Schellenberg said the decision to reduce summer hours was not made by city council, adding, "This is a decision made at the administrative level that they cut back the hours."
Park visitors hope the hours are extended, and quickly.
Berk said the park is now hiring, and they hope to extend the hours in the next two months.
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