I work in DCNR, any park could take a 10% hit and you would hardly notice.
There is no reason to close parks.
Suggestions for DCNR, you could get close to 25% by.
Discontinue the lightguards in the lakes, do like Ohio, swim at your own risk.
Maybe also close pools. Saves lifeguard pays and supplies for the pool.
Cut out some summer help, and use year round help to clean bathrooms and cut grass.
Buy less supplies for a while, hold off repairing building for a while.
We don't have to have nature centers open, there are nice but we don't need them open.
Cut back on rangers, and summer clerks.
Use the year round rangers for campgrounds. Campgrounds make money.
These changes would easlly wack 25% off the budget and keep all the parks open.
Keep Yellow Creek open
My son started having seizures on January 17, 2005, at the age of 23. He was driving to work and the next thing he knew he was in an ambulance. He had crashed his truck while having a seizure. A tumor was discovered in the center of his brain. Several months later he had another seizure. Surgery was done and the tumor was removed. However, the doctors have diagnosed him with epilepsy caused by damage from the tumor. He seems to have a seizure every six months or so (that he is sure of), but has mentioned he thinks he has had others at home. These are grand mal seizures. He is on medication three times a day, but obviously has these break-through seizures. He is a very intelligent young man, yet at times his memory is very poor because of the epilepsy. He knows things that blow my mind, yet sometimes he will have trouble with a simple task. I have recently become familiar with the Epilepsy Foundation in Pittsburgh, PA, and see they are working on some very interesting research. Funding for epilepsy is desparately needed. Don't let them cut it. Contact your local Representative, your Senator, and anyone else who could assist in keeping this funding going.
I am extremely concered about Senate Bill 850 eliminating ALL funding for epilepsy services in PA. I wish I could speak with the senators about this in person on June 10, but unfortunately, because of epilepsy, I would be endangering my life by going into the capitol building. I have photosensitive seizures and flourescent lights are one of my most provocative triggers. I'm on the maximum dosage of the only two medications for my seizure type (complex partial) that I'm not allergic too, so my seizure cannot and will not be stopped with medication.