State Auditor: Kentucky's State Park System Is Losing Money

The state auditor says Kentucky's park system is losing millions of dollars despite improvements and renovations totaling more than 300 million dollars since 1994.

Crit Luallen says the state needs to spend more money promoting the parks.

Crit Luallen says a few years ago she started seeing that too many Kentucky parks were losing money so her office began to research why so many dollars were being lost.

In a report released Wednesday in Frankfort, State Auditor Crit Luallen says there are fewer people playing, camping, and firing up grills at parks across the commonwealth.

“Our report suggests our parks system need to have a very carefully thought out strategy a strategic plan on how they manage these parks in a way to maximize each of them effectively they have to spend more on resources that market the parks,” Luallen said.

The report showed many Kentucky parks operating costs are taking a financial hit.

This after hundreds of millions of dollars was spent to improve them.

Luallen says the state will now focus on ways to tell more people about what the parks have to offer.

Park regulars say they believe more promotion could be the answer.

Luallen hopes that changes as people become more aware of the benefits of Kentucky's state parks.

There are 52 state parks including 17 that have resorts.

Luallen says, as you might expect, she believes the number of people visiting the parks will go up during the summer months.

Between 1994 to 2008 the state spent nearly 55 million dollars on golf related projects.

The number of golf rounds played at Kentucky's public courses has dropped steadily.

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  • by justakyguy Location: Perry County (Buckhorn Park) on May 8, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    first of all the price of a room at a state park is outrageous,the price for a meal is even more outrageous and god forbid if you wont to hold some sort of event at one of these parks.and most of the workers are very rude like they are just there for a paycheck,and the ones that are there are just too old and bored with there job that they shouldnt be there,they should be retired . just letting you know of my own personal experience with the park system .Thank you ,justakyguy
  • by wilson Location: watts on May 8, 2008 at 06:36 AM
    This ATV thing is the biggest joke that I have seen in years, all that's going to happen is more thugs,drugs and wrecks from individuals with no insurance and guess who ends up paying those $50.000 hospital bills?---you, me and medicaid.
  • by charles jones Location: lost creek on May 8, 2008 at 03:49 AM
    adventure tourism could put the state park system in a position to make lots of money.atv roads could be constructed to connect each park east to west.the arv roads would bring tourist to ky parks for camping site seeing and supplies.


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