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Montana State Parks

Graphs showing the percent of survey respondents who visited state parks in past 12 months, and the number of different State Parks visited by respondents in past 12 months.
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Montanans are fond of their 55 state parks. A survey released Wednesday finds residents who visit state parks visited almost three different parks on average in the past year.

Edward O’Brien reports on what they’re looking for.

Nicky Ouellet

This weekend, Montana State Parks kicked off a summer long initiative to draw more people to Montana’s 55 state parks.

But a springtime audit showed the parks have a $22 million maintenance backlog.

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Leaders of the Montana State Parks system need to earn back public trust following an audit that revealed financial problems and disorganization. That’s what a state Parks and Recreation Board member told lawmakers Tuesday.

The April audit found that the parks division had an extra $11 million in its accounts at the same time as parks around the state were facing a $22 million backlog in maintenance needs.

State lawmakers in the Environmental Quality Council reviewed that audit Tuesday, of the agency that oversees Montana’s 55 state parks.

Grants Make Montana Playgrounds More Accessible
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Montana State Parks has a new program to make playgrounds more accessible to children with disabilities.

The agency started taking applications Tuesday for grants that will help provide funding for communities to renovate and improve playgrounds, making them safer and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

New bicycle campsights are coming to four Montana State Parks.
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Today Montana State Parks announced plans to construct group bicycle campsites at four state parks in western Montana.

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