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State Parks Dept. in Hot Seat on Closures

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The state placed 70 parks on the closure list in May because of a $22 million budget cut.  The Parks Department's Roy Stearns says the state is looking at outside operators like non-profits and concession agreements with private companies to keep at least a dozen parks open.

Stearns: "All of those are options that we should explore.  And if somebody comes up with another brilliant one, we're standing here waiting."

But Assemblyman Jared Huffman says the Department shouldn't have to close a single park.

Huffman: "What we're gonna have to look to is far more creative partnerships and revenues.  A lot of these parks have tremendous attendance that has never been captured."

… like fees for parking and admission.  Parks on the closure list without a new operator or revenue source will shut down by July of next year.

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