On another front, legislators on Wednesday heard a privatization pitch from Recreation Resource Management. The Phoenix-based company operates publicly owned campgrounds and marinas in 11 states.
Company President Warren Meyer offered to take over operations of some state parks for a year so they could remain open.
“As a citizen I want to see those parks stay open, and this is my contribution,” Meyer said.
State Parks Director Renee Bahl said private concessions aren’t a “silver bullet,” partly because the system depends on some popular parks to produce revenue to support less popular parks. Land title issues and intergovernmental arrangements also complicate things, she said.
However, “I’d say nothing is off the table and any partnership that we can find is better than a closed park,” Bahl said.