Ramsey Park latest state budget victim

The Ramsey Lake State Park is among the latest casualties of the state’s budget impasse.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources announced late last week that the state park north of Ramsey and Horseshoe Lake State Park near Granite City were “closed indefinitely,” with vendors at the state parks being among those not being paid due to the ongoing impasse in Springfield.
IDNR officials said that Ramsey Lake State Park was closed “due to the termination of electrical service,” and that Horseshoe Lake State Park was closed “due to termination of trash and electrical services."
Ramsey Lake campgrounds and picnic shelters were open at the time of the closure, and IDNR officials said that the agency will “contact campers with reservations to work out other arrangements or refunds.”
In its release, the IDNR said, “There is no estimate of when either site might reopen.
“The department intends to reopen there parks as soon as services are restored.”
Staff at Ramsey Lake State Park were told to report to the state’s Coffeen Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, according to agency officials.

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