Colorado Parks and Wildlife working to avoid budget shortfalls; public meeting being held

DENVER - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will be holding a public meeting Tuesday about the financial challenges facing state parks.

Earlier this year, a financial stability bill to help with the CPW budget was shot down in a Senate committee.  The agency has had millions of dollars cut since 2009. 

Colorado's 42 state parks aren't funded by tax dollars, but by people who visit the parks. 

CPW wants to avoid budget shortfalls and is looking at multiple revenue generating concepts. 

"We want to talk to citizens about what’s reasonable. What’s a situation you can see supporting us and by what means could we use to work with the legislature and possibly present a bill again on how we can increase fees on a reasonable scale that people can support," said CPW Spokesperson Jennifer Churchill. "We know people support Colorado’s Park and Wildlife. They come to our parks; they hunt and fish with us. We want to keep having better and better parks and better opportunities for everyone.”

The meeting is open to everyone and will be held at the La Alma Recreation Center located at 1325 W 11th Avenue in Denver. 

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation and discussion will start at 6 p.m.

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