Re: La. State Historic Sites to close?
It's not a rumor. There was an article in the paper (Town Talk) about it a couple of weeks ago, and I had a lengthy discussion with Stuart Johnson (Asst. Secretary of State Parks) concerning the situation this past Saturday. There was something like a 14 million dollar budget cut across the board for State Parks, and as of sometime in the near future, all State Historic Sites are going to a 2-day week. The legislature can change this during the upcoming session if they so desire, but for now, that's the plan.
The meeting in Alexandria was all about Fort Randolph and Buhlow getting finished and opening as a State Historic Site. All the players were there - Red River Waterway Commission, City of Pineville, architects, engineers, designers - and they were all excited and patting each other on the back (figuratively), and then the last speaker, Stuart Johnson of State Parks, got up and dropped the bomb on them. He's not happy about it, but unless the legislature cuts him some slack, he just doesn't have the money to operate.