Alabama State Parks still under budget pressure


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The director of Alabama State Parks has outlined plans for possible expansion of park lands and ways to pay for budget shortfalls.

Greg Lein (line) says the parks cannot depend on income from a proposed Gulf-front resort for funding. His department is still figuring out where to get the money to upgrade and expand the system. In addition, some repairs and maintenance projects have been delayed or put on long-term hold.

Among the options on the table for creating revenue is finding matching funds for a possible user fee on camping equipment and the sale of vehicles passes that would allow access to all parks.

Since the 1970s, the number of state parks has remained the same, at 22, and officials would like to open new areas for recreational use.

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