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Washington State Representatives are Trying to Save State Parks

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YAKIMA, Wash.- State parks are on the brink of closing with the proposed state budget cuts.

Forty parks in Washington are on the list to possibly close. This would be a way to save the state some money. One is Yakima's Sportsman Park. State Representative Bill Hinkle says this is unacceptable.      

For this reason Representative Hinkle created a new amendment that would deny the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission the right to close any parks for the purpose of cutting costs.  

"It's an opportunity for families to go out and recreate and in some cases this is the only opportunity for many families especially with all the right budgeting right now," said State Rep. Bill Hinkle.

The amendment will continue to be examined through the end of this budgeting session. Representative Hinkle says he's received much support and he hopes his amendment will be approved.
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