Alabama’s State Park System to Host ‘Open House & Listening Sessions’

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Monte Sano State Park (Photo:

First Session to be held in Huntsville at Monte Sano State Park

MONTGOMERY, AL (January 27, 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 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 first of these meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at Monte Sano State Park in the Lodge at 6 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend. **Entrance fee will be waived.

The address is 5105 Nolen Avenue SE, Huntsville, AL 35801

“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.”

-Information provided by Alabama’s State Parks System

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