Arizona park shuttered amid budget cuts to reopen

Winslow, Arizona (AP) March 2011

A state park that fell victim to budget cuts is planning to reopen for the first time in more than a year.

The Homolovi Ruins State Park in eastern Arizona closed in February 2010 as part of the state Legislature’s deep cuts to state parks amid a budget deficit.

The park will reopen March 18 after the Hopi Tribe agreed to pay for much of its operation. The tribe signed an agreement to spend $175,000, and the state parks department will pay the remaining $48,000 to keep the park open for a year.

Homolovi Ruins State Park was established in response to the tribe’s concerns about the destruction of archaeological sites by illegal collectors of prehistoric artifacts.

The park generates $3.5 million annually in economic spending in the Winslow area.