Closings Loom For NY State Parks, Historic Sites

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New York state’s parks system is facing another round of budget cuts that is likely to result in some parks being closed this summer. That’s a measure officials and advocates say would be a first in its 125-year history.

New York is among several states considering closing parks a year after some were either shut down or had service and staff reductions.

Park advocates and members of New York’s State Council of Parks, a statewide volunteer advisory panel, say they fear scores of the system’s more than 200 parks and historic sites could be closed this summer because of an ongoing budget crisis.

State parks officials say they’re still compiling the list of facilities that will be closed. That list is expected to be released in a few weeks.

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