By Mike Smith - Wright Wradio News Director Published: March 14, 2017
The possibility of at least 16 state parks closing is now causing real concern in the state department of tourism. Our partner, News 9 of Oklahoma City obtained an email sent last week that lays out what is being called a hypothetical exercise. It's a worst case scenario for the state tourism and recreation department. The director of the department says lawmakers asked what would a 14.5% budget cut mean for the department. It would mean at least 16 state parks would be forced to close. Of those 16 state parks, Foss Lake State Park would be on the list to close if a 14.5% budget cut occurred for the department of tourism. Parks aren't the only items on the chopping block. One golf course would be removed from the park system. Also, the department would have to discontinue Oklahoma Today magazine, which has been around for 60 years.