Budget cuts hit Louisiana state parks, museums
BATON ROUGE - In the heart of the summer tourism and vacation season, Louisiana's state-run recreational areas, parks and educational pastimes are shrinking visitors' hours and cutting staff to cope with lessened funding as the new budget year began July 1.
Military history enthusiasts and fans of football great Eddie Robinson can explore museums celebrating their interests only three days each week. Children on summer vacation will have less time to splash and swim in state-run pools. Visitors to Louisiana's historic sites and a trail of small museums crisscrossing the state will find trimmed-down schedules.
With the start of the 2011-12 fiscal year, limitations were announced to operating hours at state parks and pools, and a dozen small museums around north and central Louisiana slashed their hours.