ATLANTA (AP) _ Georgia's parks are being hit with steep budget cuts that will hike fees and cause some sites to reduce their hours just as the Summer recreation season gets underway.
The state Department of Natural Resources announced on Wednesday that it is making the cuts to cope with a nearly 39 percent reduction in state appropriations and a 24 percent projected loss of revenue.
The plan includes reducing service and access at five state parks and cutting operational days at 12 state historic sites.
Twelve percent of the state Parks and Recreation and workforce is set to be eliminated and most department employees will be forced to take unpaid furlough days once a month. The state will also limit swimming pool operations.
A list of park closures is not yet available. However, according to AJC.com:
Parks that have been targeted in the past, based on expense and visitation numbers are: Traveler’s Rest Historic Site in Toccoa; Robert Toombs House Historic Site in Washington; Sprewell Bluff State Park in Thomaston; Jefferson Davis Memorial Historic Site in Fitzgerald; Providence Canyon State Conservation Park in Lumpkin; and Fort Morris Historic Site in Midway.