Six Arizona state parks move to 5-day schedules as state budget crisis continues

[Source: Associated Press] — The Arizona State Parks board on Friday announced reduced days and hours of operations at six parks as part of a cost-cutting plan.  Assistant Director Jay Ream says Yuma Territorial Prison park and Yuma Quartermaster Depot park will be open Thursday through Monday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting April 14.  Ream says Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park will have the same Thursday-Monday schedule from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. starting April 21 with Fort Verde State Historic Park switching to that shortened schedule on May 5 and Oracle State Park doing the same on May 9.

After state lawmakers made budget cuts in January, the Parks Board authorized park officials to close individual parks up to two days a week.  Ream says the parks also are dealing with a 26 percent reduction in ranger staff.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]