DETROIT—The city of Detroit plans to close 77 public parks as part of a bid by Mayor Dave Bing to cuts costs due to a budget deficit pegged at hundreds of millions of dollars.

...Park closures include Rouge Park, covering 455 acres—about the size of 345 football fields—on Detroit's west side. Palmer Park, which is close to some of the city's remaining prime neighborhoods, is also scheduled to close.

Mr. Lijana said parking lots will be barricaded, trash bins will be removed and all activities will be disallowed in the parks slated for closure.

Is this the case? A Parking lot and trash bins are the only things that separate a park from a complete state of nature?