The long list of possible state park closures includes a dozen campgrounds in central and upstate New York. Many of those parks don’t expect to open this summer due to budget cuts, so they are refunding money to people who already have reservations, according to WSYR-TV, Syracuse.
This is in addition to the 55 state parks throughout New York that could also be closed as the result of the $8 billion budget deficit. The governor expects the move to save about $6 million.
Dan Keefe, a state parks spokesman, says there is still a chance those parks could be open this summer if lawmakers restore funding, but they wanted to get the word out now.
Campgrounds that will not be opening for the 2010 are:
- Hunt’s Pond State Park.
- Oquaga Creek State Park.
- Pixley Falls State Park.
Finger Lakes Region:
- Newtown Battlefield State Park.
- Max V. Shaul State Park.
- Taconic State Park – Rudd Pond Area.
Thousand Islands Region:
- Canoe Point State Park.
- Cedar Island State Park.
- Eel Weir State Park.
- Keewaydin State Park.
- Macomb Reservation State Park.
- Mary Island State Park.
E-mails sent to customers who had already made reservations said that reservations have been canceled and refunds issued. Those who paid by check will get their money in the form of a check. Those who paid by credit card will see their refund as a credit on their next statement.