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Contact Point State Park

In early 2010, after the Arizona Legislature was forced to cut all general revenue funding for state parks because of recession deficits, Arizona State Parks (ASP) closed 13 parks.  Some communities stepped up to take over management, and in November 2016, Lake Havasu City broke ground on a new park, utilizing a creative public private......

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Michigan’s Recreation Passport

State parks’ budgets are often targeted for budget cuts during economic downturns. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources used their budget crisis to rethink how they generated revenue through the sale of yearly passes. By doing away with a daily pass and offering residents the opportunity to purchase a yearly Recreation Passport license plate tab......

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A Multipurpose Marsh

Wedged into the Parchester Village neighborhood of Richmond, California, Breuner Marsh lies alongside the San Pablo Bay. The neighborhood was built around the marsh and the developer promised the predominately African American residents that the marsh would be permanently preserved, however, changes in ownership brought repeated attempts to develop the marsh. Whitney Dotson has lived......

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Parks Can Fight Pollution

Newark, New Jersey’s Passaic River faced alarmingly high levels of contamination with mercury and carcinogenic toxins, forcing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require action. Meanwhile, a lack of significant green space prevented the city’s residents from using the waterway for recreation. Working with local partners, the Trust for Public Land used the river clean-up......

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