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State park closes due to budget cuts

YALOBUSHA COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says George P. Cossar State Park on Enid Reservoir will close Oct. 31, putting 11 people out of work.

Agency spokesman Jim Walker said the closure is necessary because of a 20 percent cut in general funding — about $4.2 million.

The agency also plans to transition from six district offices to three regional offices and close a warehouse in Jackson.

Walker told The Clarion-Ledger the cuts will save $700,000 annually.

Walker called it a “sad day for the agency” because it’s never had to close a park before.

Cossar was running at an annual deficit of about $300,000. It has 13 cabins and 83 campsites.

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  1. It is a sad day, that Cossar is the place being closed. It is a beautiful, peaceful area. Even with the increase in the fees to camp, people still chose to be there, rather than the other developed areas around Enid. Anytime you camp there the area is full. If the water levels were maintained at a level that was higher, there would be even more people camping. The cbins are occupied at least 90% of the time. What a beautiful area to just let wash back into the lake. The overflow area, has been neglected. I hope other legislatures will look at the State Park facilities in their areas, and ask more questions. I hope this is a move for the “right” reasons, and not a political reason

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