Arizona’s State Parks Might Close Down in 2010

Faced with severe financial restrictions, Arizona authorities are now considering closing down more than 13 state parks. These closures have been blamed on a cost-cutting bill, passed in December 2009, which reduced Arizona State Park funds by more than $9 million.

Arizona officials like Arizona State Park Board Member Bill Scalzo note that, given the lack of funds, it would not be possible to run and maintain the parks.

“When we’re cut to a point that will be one third of what we need to operate, it won’t be safe to keep all these parks open,” said Scalzo.

The parks that are tagged for closure include:

  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
  • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park
  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Red Rock State Park.

A full list of park names, along with estimated closure dates, can be found on the Arizona State Park website.

So far, officials were hoping that shutting down a select number of parks would enable popular ones like Kartchner Cavern State Park to stay open.

However, there is fear of more bad news if the authorities cannot raise $3 million. Thus, parks like Kartchner Caverns State Park and Buckskin Mountain State Park themselves would only avoid closure if this goal is met.

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