Yep, Illinois did the same thing, too. One of that colossal F-up ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich wonderfully informed decisions. After he got booted out of office, the State got busy figuring out how to re-open them and yet still save some costs.
It's hard to believe that these politicians will close parks and pull other similar cost cutting moves yet keep useless pork in the budget. Mostly I think they do it to "justify" other things like raising taxes so they can add yet more pork and corruption.
Our entire governmental system is hopelessly screwed up. If the Liberals had their way, the entire country would become employed by government entities. Of course, then there would be no tax revenue to run the government and it would promptly implode, but they aren't smart enough to figure that out ahead of time.