Since I have so many fond memories of Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park atop Pine Mountain, I am glad to know that maybe it won’t be affected – though it could – by the new round of state budget cuts. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, FDR State Park is not losing money. Last year it was 2nd only to Vogel State Park in making money, ending up in the black by $220, 884.
The top money loser was Amicalola Falls and Lodge, ending 2007 in the red by almost $700 thousand. Tallulah Gorge State Park was second to the top, losing almost $500 thousand.
The Georgia Board of Natural Resources has agreed to cut hours or even close six state parks and seven historic sites. It’s part of Governor Perdue’s call to cut $1.6 billion from the state’s $21 billion budget. The natural resources department plans to make cuts that will add up to about $2 million. This means cutting down on hours and perhaps days that parks will be open, and reducing personnel that operate and police them. This has already happened to a number of sites.
Maybe the state government needs to consider why FDR is such a charming park. It’s rustically beautiful stone welcome center and museum, which, for years was an inn with cabins and a restaurant, and impressive stone Liberty Bell-shaped swimming pool that is filled with cool spring water, were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC, in the 1930’s. It was constructed as part of the Roosevelt administration works program to provide jobs for Americans. The state is cutting jobs at a time of economic downturn. Maybe they need to read a little history.