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California to Close 70 State Parks Due to Budget Cuts

Paul Sutherland/Digital Vision(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Governor's mansion is just one of 70 state parks that California will close due to budget cuts, officials announced Friday.

“We regret closing any park,” said Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks, “but with the proposed budget reductions over the next two years, we can no longer afford to operate all parks within the system.”

The California Parks Department said the closures are “necessary to achieve an $11 million reduction in the next fiscal year 2011/12, and $22 million in the following fiscal year 2012/13."

Another 208 state parks will remain open despite the cuts, officials said.

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