Greenleaf State Park, south of Braggs, is one of the state parks being considered
for closure due to the state’s budget crisis.
Two area state parks, among others, 80 full-time employees, a state golf course and the “Oklahoma Today” magazine are in danger of falling due to the state’s financial crisis.
The State Tourism and Recreation Department recently told staff members to be prepared for the worst, which means losing jobs, the state parks including Greenleaf State Park south of Braggs and Cherokee Landing south of Tahlequah, the golf course, magazine and Miami Travel Information Center.
The proposed state park closings include:
Great Plains State Park
Cherokee Landing State Park
Natural Falls State Park
Red Rock Canyon State Park
Great Salt Plains State Park
Lake Eufaula State Park
Lake Wister State Park
Alabaster Caverns State Park
McGee Creek State Park
Foss Lake State Park
Osage Hills State Park
Greenleaf State Park
Lake Texoma State Park
Grand Lake State Park
Grand Cherokee Golf Course
Boiling Springs State Park
Since 2009, the department has seen a 38 percent budget cut, totaling about $13.5 million, Leslie Blair, department spokeswoman, told the media.
She said tourism is the state’s third largest industry.
But, the parks could stay open. They could be handed on to municipalities, similar to when Brushy State Park became a Sallisaw park. They could also be handed over to organizations such as the Cherokee Nation, which recently took over Sequoyah’s Cabin from the State Historical Society.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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