Report recommends more dedicated funds for parks

Hartford (AP) - A legislative report is recommending between a quarter and a half of the revenue generated by state parks in Connecticut be appropriated to the state's parks.

Currently, the vast majority of revenue generated by the parks goes to the state's General Fund, the main spending account.

The nonpartisan staff for the General Assembly's Program Review and Investigations Committee also recommended dedicating a portion of the proceeds from cabin rentals to help offset their maintenance costs. Additionally, they suggested creating a report card for each park, highlighting attendance, safety issues, customer satisfaction and planning efforts for the park.

Committee staff members provided their recommendations to lawmakers on Thursday.

Connecticut's state park system includes 107 state parks and 32 state forests, which cover roughly eight percent of the state, or 262,600 acres.

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