State parks director says budget cuts could force closure of some parks

Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The director of the Division of Park and Outdoor Recreation says proposed budget cuts could force the closure of some parks.

The agency on Tuesday came out with a list of state parks that could be closed.

Parks Director Jim Stratton says the parks are threatened if $280,000 cut from the division's budget is not restored. The money was cut by the state House. It represents a five percent cut in the division's budget.

The closure list includes Independence Mine at Hatcher Pass, two Big Lake recreation sites, Chena River recreation site near Fairbanks, Anchor River and Captain Cook recreation sites on the Kenai and state parks in Sitka.

The parks division says three full-time jobs and an estimated 10 seasonal jobs would be lost.

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