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Will park closings cost money?

August 31, 2008 at 08:03 AM

The Department of Natural Resources’ announcement that it plans to close 10 state parks and one state forest may wind up costing federal funding says Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.

About half of the 11 sites have federal funds used in the constructing of things such as boat launches. Under federal regulations, if those constructions built with federal funds are no longer used for that purpose—if the site is shut down for budget reasons—the feds can ask to be reimbursed in current dollars.

So say a launch and parking lot were built for $50,000 in 1950. Those funds would have to be paid back roughly nine times as much in 2008 dollars, if my calculations from the Consumer Price Index are right..

Click here to read the rest of Bowman’s column.

That’s one of several examples of a lack of forethought by the administration in this recent announcement. Not that is should come as a shock. The list of closings first released included Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area. Then that site was pulled in favor of Wolf Creek State Park.

And there’s more.

As part of its routine tasks, staff at Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park must perform regular maintenance on 104 culverts and drainage pipes along the canal. The task is stipulated in convenants signed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers transferred title of the canal.

Who will do that maintenance if Hennepin Canal closes, as Gov. Blagojevich’s office has proposed? Hennepin is one of 11 parks slated for closure on Nov. 1 when 39 DNR staffers are also slated to be laid off.


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And they think its bad now…Take away our hunting spots!!! that’ll make it better.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/02 at 03:43 PM

Eactly why am I and many others paying “extra” fees for?  Nothing like hitting the middle of the state where it hurts.  “Nobody uses them parks there anyway” Right??  That is why you can’t hardly get a spot at Moraine view in the summer.  Between prisons and parks I think Blogo knows where the true politcal power lies in this state. I think everyone alway knew it, he is just the first to actually shove it our faces and not think twice.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/02 at 08:58 PM

Blago knowa what is going to hurt a guy the most and that is where he is going to kick first.  Wolf Creek was a prime example.  I brings in about 1/2Mil people a year.  THIS IS A STATE PARK, BUT IS LEASED FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS.  Herein lies a posssible problem for ole Blago.

I believe the lease says if the State of ILL terminates this they must give the Corps a lot longer notice than the 60 days Blago did.  I also believe there is some verbage about putting the park back like it was before the lease.  Demolish the restrooms, take out the camp grounds, take down all infrastructure and the waste treatment lagoon.  OOPS, here might lay a problem.  Doesn’t this lagoon also serve as a waste treatment lagoon for Eagle Creek?
We all know Blago will not hold his end of the bargin up on this lease and will put the burden upon the Corp to either run the Park or tear it down.  If they tear it down, they have the right to send the State of IL a bill for doing their job for them and not following the verbage of the lease.  By this time Blago will be out of office and hopefully in a cell with Ryan.  God forbid he is reelected!  So, he leaves the State of IL with another humungus unpaid bill.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/02 at 10:32 PM

By closing sites such as Hennepin Canal he IS closing our huntings sites!  The Canal not only maintains itself but has several satelite sites including Mautino State Fish and Wildlife area and Bradford Pheasant Habitat Area, which are Public hunting areas, and per the canal staff themselves, may not be open this year for deer season past Nov 1.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/03 at 02:02 PM

Well all I have to say is that Blago needs to go camping for a weekend and see what it is truely about.I am only 21 and my family has been visiting parks since I can remember.I planned on taking my children someday there but I guess not!I mean at Jubilee we have so many events such as the Whitney Walk,that started there and have meaning.The government is always complaining about the obesity of the United States well guess what happens when you take our parks away…More kids using video games and sitting at home with a bag of chips getting more obese!Hunting,fishing,boating is a passion of most people of peoria and the surrounding areas.It is our right to have these recreational spots,to enjoy what we have left of the Nature around us since almost all of it is gone!There needs to be more state funding for parks as these to keep them open!-Tarah

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/04 at 10:24 AM

I went to our “Great” governor’s website and posted my feeling on these park closers.  I actually had called first to try and get some answers.  My first question to one of his henchmen was “How many state parks in Cook county will be closed”. I was then referred to the DNR on that question. What a freaking joke.  Then I was directed to some BS form you fill out to the governor via his website. I urge all to visit this site and make your comments be heard. Go to, scroll down on the right and I believe there is a place where it says contact the gov or something of that nature.  Let the greaseball know exactly how you feel, since he thinks he had been a “great governor”.  Not to start a politcal bee hive again but I think to be able to call yourself a great governor you have to be someone more like Sarah Palin, a governor that cares about the State in which she lives. Our state parks should be kept open for the future generations to come. Voice your opinions, let the governor know he WILL NOT be around for a third term, for he has been the WORSE governor we have ever seen in the state of Illinois>>>>>>—————->

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 09/04 at 08:59 PM

Josh, sure the canal state workers are going to tell you anything they want to. Make it sound as bad as possible. Its called job security, to get the people wound up. Remember when Mautino first opened? No one worked there but you could fish. There were no roads even, so you had to drag a canoe to the back. But you know, it was better fishing without the costly improvements. Sooo, There is absolutely no reason why hunting and fishing could still not occur. The liability excuse is a bunk! Rememeber, DNR made a law that landowners that grant free access CANNOT be sued… doesnt that work for them too? Again, I guess if I had a cake job at a state site,and thought I might have to actually find a job , I would be crying too.

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