Arizona to Close Most State Parks
First California proposed closing state parks due to budge cuts, now Arizona has actually done it. 21 out of 30 Arizona state parks will be closed as a result of a unanimous vote by the Arizona State Parks Board. The Los Angeles Times reports:
Wrestling with a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, Arizona decided Friday to close nearly all of its state parks, including the famed Tombstone Courthouse and Yuma Territorial Prison.
The State Parks Board unanimously voted to close 13 parks by June 3. Eight others had already been closed, and the decision would leave nine open -- but only if the board can raise $3 million this year.
The action represents the largest closure of state parks in the nation, although several other states are considering similar moves.
What happens to closed state parks? Are you people no longer able to visit them or are they simply not staffed? Are trails closed?
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Posted by Jennifer Lance at January 19, 2010 1:05 AM