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Rallies Set at 3 AL State Parks to Protest Possible Budget Cut Closings

State Parks all across Alabama are in threat of being closed due to the possibility of losing vital funding if the Alabama Legislature fails to pass a budget during this special session that will enable the state’s General Fund to provide level funding to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

In an effort to show support for the parks, the Alabama State Parks Partners coalition will host rallies at three separate parks around the state on Saturday, September 12th.

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The rallies aim to serve as opportunities for those who love the parks to learn more about the current funding crisis, hear from park and local community leaders, and gain more insight about the variety of ways citizens can help make a difference for Alabama’s state parks.  

As the special session gets underway, the coalition encourages all citizens who appreciate the state parks system to contact their legislators, let them know why the parks are important to them and tell them DCNR and our parks cannot afford another year of transfers – they must be level funded.

“This call is designed for the Legislature to solve the budget crisis that exists in the General Fund Budget,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Over the last few months, I have met with House and Senate members to discuss options and ideas that would prevent devastating cuts to state services.”

The governor is seeking $260 million in tax increases, which is less than half of the original amount he sought during the regular session earlier this year.

Rallies are being held at Monte Sano State Park, Oak Mountain State Park, and Chewacla State Park (see below for additional details).

Alabama State Parks Partners is a diverse, state-wide coalition comprised of local businesses, organizations, nonprofits, local tourism and chambers of commerce, student groups, and others who have a passion for Alabama’s state parks. The group places a strong emphasis on the value of our state park system and the importance of offering continual support. 

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Rally for Alabama State Parks

Monte Sano State Park, 10 a.m.
5105 Nolen Ave., Huntsville, Amphitheater, between the picnic area and lodge

Guest Speakers:

  • Sandra Burroughs, AL State Parks Partners Steering Committee Member
  • Legislative Affairs and Membership Director at Alabama Mountain Lakes Association
  • Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director

Oak Mountain State Park, 1:30 p.m.
200 Terrace Drive, Pelham, Dogwood Pavilion, Parking at South Trailhead

Guest Speakers:

Chewacla State Park, 5 p.m.
 124 Shell Toomer Pkwy, Auburn, Watts Loop Campground Pavilion

Guest Speakers:

  • Philip Darden, AL State Parks Partners Steering Committee Member, President Central Alabama Mountain Pedalers (CAMP)
  • Greg Lein, Alabama State Parks Director

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