01 April 2008

Closing State Parks

The Star-Ledger has reported on the latest fallout from the budget crisis. New Jersey is talking about closing 9 state parks and laying off 80 employees. Presumably, some of this is about making us all very aware of the severity of the cuts. But you really have to wonder, with billions of dollars on the line, if a handful of jobs at the battlefield bathrooms or a few lifeguards at Round Valley will really help balance the budget.

From the Star-Ledger:

The list of nine state parks that would close:

-- Monmouth Battlefield State Park, 2,928 acres, Monmouth County. Visitor center, restrooms, closed.

-- Stephens State Park, 805 acres, Warren County. Camping area closed.

-- High Point State Park, 15,827 acres, Sussex County. Swimming, camping, interpretive center, office, closed. Trail access limited.

-- Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (formerly Lebanon State Forest), 36,647 acres, Burlington County. Camping, group picnic area, Indian King Tavern, office, closed. Trail access limited.

-- Round Valley Recreation Area, 3,684 acres, Hunterdon County. Swimming, camping, Wallace House, office, closed.

-- Parvin State Park, 1,952 acres, Salem County. Swimming, camping, interpretive center, office, closed.

-- Jenny Jump State Forest, 4,288 acres, Warren County. Camping and office, closed. Trail access limited.

-- Worthington State Forest, 6,584 acres, Warren County. Camping and office, closed. Trail access limited.

-- Fort Mott State Park, 104 acres, Salem County. Hancock House, historic sites, office, closed. Access to ferry service, open.

2 comments:

Caroline said...

Is this a joke? It's not funny.

Caroline said...

There is a rally against the park closings on Saturday, April 5 at Noon, in the Round Valley Recreation Area.