Albany Rally Planned to Save State Parks

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    Took this shot @ pouch camp lake manor rd. s.i. 2 weeks ago thanks gregg engles s.i.n.y.

    A rally is planned in Albany by New Yorkers protesting Paterson administration plans to close dozens of state parks and historic sites.

    The advocacy group Parks & Trails New York says Wednesday's rally will be held outside the Capitol at noon.

    The state parks office has said it will close 41 of 178 parks and reduce services at 23 others and shut down 14 of 35 historic sites because of New York's budget crisis.

    Gov. David Paterson's budget proposal for fiscal 2010-2011 cuts $20 million from the parks agency.

    Earlier this week, parks officials said they had canceled hundreds of campsite reservations at 12 state parks that could be closed this year.

    Advocates say closing parks will reduce state revenues and hurt local economies.