Closings predicted in Corps recreation areas | Arkansas Blog

Monday, January 16, 2012

Closings predicted in Corps recreation areas

Posted By on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 6:49 AM

GREERS FERRY LAKE: Its one of the places with popular Corps of Engineers parks that could be on the chopping block.
  • GREERS FERRY LAKE: It's one of the places with popular Corps of Engineers parks that could be on the chopping block.

A reliable source says federal budget tightening will surface in an obvious way in Arkansas later this week.

He said an announcement is expected from the Little Rock District of the Corps of Engineers about closing a number of parks and camping areas because of money shortages. Areas with small use will be targeted for closure. The state has been down this road in previous times of tight money. Closures in the Ouachita National Forest four or five years ago set off an outcry. The camping areas are popular, particularly in hard times when low-cost vacations are important.

My source predicts most closures will be north of the Arkansas River and roughtly west of a line from Little Rock to Mountain Home. Source says Lake Ouachita, under supervision of a different Corps office, will not be affected for now. If this comes to pass, the biggest portion of affected territory will be in the 3rd Congressional District, home to Republican budget hawks. They will cheer this saving of tax dollars, won't they?

Corps cuts in other areas of the country already have become evident.

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

  • Take yourself there: Mavis Staples coming to LR for Central High performance

    Gospel and R&B singer and civil rights activist Mavis Staples, who has been inspiring fans with gospel-inflected freedom songs like "I'll Take You There" and "March Up Freedom's Highway" and the poignant "Oh What a Feeling" will come to Little Rock for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of Central High.
  • Klan's president

    Everything that Donald Trump does — make that everything that he says — is calculated to thrill his lustiest disciples. But he is discovering that what was brilliant for a politician is a miscalculation for a president, because it deepens the chasm between him and most Americans.
  • On Charlottesville

    Watching the Charlottesville spectacle from halfway across the country, I confess that my first instinct was to raillery. Vanilla ISIS, somebody called this mob of would-be Nazis. A parade of love-deprived nerds marching bravely out of their parents' basements carrying tiki torches from Home Depot.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation