Iowa’s state parks will be as full as ever this Independence Day holiday, but they might not be as tidy looking as they have been in the past. Department of Natural Resources state parks bureau chief, Kevin Sczodronski, says a cut in the budget will mean fewer cuts of the grass.
Sczdronski says,"We’ve cut back on some of our routine maintenance. They’re going to see grass longer in some areas of the park than we care to see it. But the fact of the matter is we have to make ends meet somewhere and that’s one of the ways that we’ve done it." Sczdronski says the number of people heading to the parks hasn’t ease at all.
"People have made their reservations far in advance. And those without reservations, you know, half of the sites are available first-come first-serve, they’ve been out there as early as Monday to get their site secured, so I would guess right now, if you don’t have a secured site, you might find it tough going to actually find one out there," Sczodronski says. The state park system saw a 15% cut in its budget for the new fiscal year that began Wednesday.