The Alabama State Parks system, which has suffered drastic funding cuts in the past five years, received a major boost on Tuesday.
Voters were overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment 2 that prevented money from the State Parks Fund to be used for other purposes. More than 78 percent of the vote, with 35 of 67 counties reporting, voted for the measure.
In the past five years, some $15 million had been transferred from the fund to the state’s general fund. The system closed five parks last year and limited services in many others.
The State Parks system relies primarily on tourists for its funding.
The measure could permit some privatization of park facilities and activities.
The State Parks system includes Monte Sano, Joe Wheeler, Guntersville, Bucks Pocket, Desoto and Cathedral Caverns in north Alabama.