In an effort to earn a Girl Scout Gold Award, Maddie Hoaglund is rallying support to help ensure future funding for Alabama State Parks. Hoaglund, a senior at Westminster School in Birmingham, has created the Love Your State Parks Day event, which is set to take place on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Oak Mountain State Park.
The project aims to help highlight issues regarding Amendment 2, which concerns the reallocation of state park funds in Alabama. Hoaglund is encouraging residents to vote “yes” for Amendment 2 on November 8th to help prevent the Legislature from reallocating state park funds for other uses.
In the last five years, Alabama State Parks lost an estimated $15 million when state legislators moved it to help pay for other expenses in the general fund.
“The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of the importance of preserving our state parks through community support,” says Hoaglund. “It is my hope that I can use my Gold Award project to increase awareness of this issue.”
The Love Your State Parks Day will also feature running and hiking events and more and will be held at the Dogwood Pavilion and the Demonstration Farm at Oak Mountain State Park where Hoaglund will be on site as well. She hopes the project will not only earn her the highest achievement in the Girl Scout program, but will also become an annual event to continue to raise awareness for the importance of Alabama’s State Parks.