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State Park Visitors Will Notice Budget Cuts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Over the last couple of years, state parks have been on a roller coaster. Many were in danger of closing due to the state’s budget mess, but officials were able to keep most open by closing some parks certain days of the week, increasing fees and hiring fewer seasonal workers. Roy Stearns is with California State Parks. He says the system also has a maintenance backlog of more than one billion dollars:

We’ve got vacancies in the department, so people will notice probably some house-cleaning problems, maybe some trash problems, maybe fewer personnel in parks, because we aren’t back to what we could call normal, we’re still way short of that.”

Sterans says 72 million people visited state parks last year. That’s about four million off from the year before. He says that may be due to the fee increases or weather. The Governor’s budget this year calls for keeping all state parks open. 
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