LET Parks need more money, not less

We are very sad to read about the need for budget cuts that will decrease services at our state parks. We have visited 29 of the 69 Minnesota State Parks in the past two years, and we declare each of them to be unique treasures. We are thrilled to see people of all ages enjoying their favorite forms of outdoor recreation while building memories of friendships formed while picnicking, hiking, camping, boating, swimming, fishing and skiing.

Minnesota's state parks feature natural wonders that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. We were disappointed when we visited Blue Mounds State Park this summer and the Interpretive Center was closed due to budget constraints. We may never get back there. What a tragedy that school children will be deprived of learning about the history and natural resources of this beautiful state!

We should be spending more money -- not less -- to promote the use of our state parks. At the present time, they are beautifully maintained and staffed by friendly, knowledgeable Minnesotans. We hope this legacy will be preserved for the generations to come after us.

Mary; and Larry Mason


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