State parks exceed goal in securing business sponsors

Jun 9th, 2016 | By | Category: On the Move, Pack your bags

By Kimberlee Kruesi
Associated Press

SUBMITTED PHOTO A 15-acre lake within the Horse Station at Cache Valley near Cache National Forest adds to the beauty of the nearby physical environment. That will add to the attractiveness of the overall project.

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has received $40,000 in corporate sponsorship since getting legislative approval nearly a year ago to reach out to businesses to help offset the agency’s depleted budget.

The amount is double the estimated $20,000 department officials hoped to secure in the first year.

Sponsors include Cabela’s, North Face and Airstream NW.

The department’s sponsorship proposal sailed through the Idaho Statehouse last year with a handful of lawmakers raising concerns that some sponsorships would result in renaming of the state’s 30 parks.

However, department spokeswoman Jennifer Okerlund says none of the sponsorships required a name change.

State lawmakers chopped the parks department budget during the economic downturn, forcing the agency to look for money elsewhere. This year, the agency received $3.5 million in state funding.

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