Oklahoma state park closures

(AP) _ The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department says seven state parks will close for good this year because of budget cuts.

Officials announced Friday that Adair State Park in Stilwell, bBeaver Dunes in Beaver, Boggy Depot in Atoka, Brushy Lake in Sallisaw, Heavener Runestone in Heavener, Lake Eucha in Jay, and WAh-sha-she in Copan will shut down Aug. 15.

The Tulsa World reports that agency officials say the closures will save the state nearly $700,000 annually. The 10 employees affected by the closures will be transferred to other facilities.

Executive Director Deby Snodgrass said in a news release that the agency is facing budget cuts of at least 5 percent, and that comes on top of a 13 percent cut last year.