MONTGOMERY, AL (February 26, 2014) – As part of its 75th anniversary celebration in 2014, Alabama's State Parks system is going to host an "Open House and Listening Session" series at or near a number of state parks around the state. These public meetings will be hosted by Greg Lein, director of Alabama's State Parks system, to provide the public with a brief history of the parks system and to discuss its overall mission. He will also give an overview of the parks budget and how they are funded, while also presenting a variety of new concepts that are being considered at parks across the state to help create additional revenue.
The primary purpose of the meetings will be to provide the Director and parks staff the opportunity to hear from the public, park user groups and other partners about their interests and ways they would like to see the parks evolve in the future. The second of these meeting is scheduled for March 3rd, 2014 at the City of Auburn Council Chamber (141 North Ross Street) at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.
"Since Alabama's State Parks System was founded, Alabama's population has increased dramatically and the demand and use of our parks has also changed, which varies park-to-park," says Greg Lein, Director of Alabama's State Park System. "The Open House and Listening Session Series is going to provide us the opportunity to educate the public about how we receive the funds to maintain the parks, current projects that are underway, as well as many new concepts that we are currently exploring for a number of our parks across the state. At the same time, this allows us to hear directly from the people who support the parks in every community across Alabama - our partners."
The first meeting of the series was held on February 3rd in Huntsville at Monte Sano State Park with more than 100 people in attendance.
WHO: Greg Lein, Director of Alabama's State Parks System
O'Dell Banks, Park Manager, Chewacla State Park
WHAT: Alabama State Parks Public "Open House and Listening Session" Series Launch
WHEN: Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: City of Auburn Council Chamber (141 North Ross Street)
About Alabama's State Parks System
The Alabama State Parks Division operates and maintains 22 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These Parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other Partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. Partners Pay the Way. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.
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