NEW BUFFALO — Berrien County’s parks director is hoping to hit a home run for the properties under his supervision, that are visited by thousands every year.

“We need to hit this one out of the park,” Brian Bailey said Wednesday to the county parks commission, in recommending that the parks millage be increased from 0.1 to 0.2 mills for the next four years, generating an additional $800,000 a year. “This will affect the parks for the next 40 years.”