A SPECIAL SESSION of the Arizona State Legislature cut an additional $8.6 million from the budget of the Arizona State Parks Board in December. Now, the department says it has no choice but to close 13 more state parks, leaving only 9 open.
Our gate fee funds, conservation funds, and donations were so severely swept that now we have an imminent cash flow crisis and a downward spiral in the very revenues that we desperately need to keep the system operating.
- Executive Director Renée Bahl, January 12 press release
The department plans to close the 13 state parks in three phases: