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State to hold public meetings about how to improve parks

February 24, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State environmental officials are holding two more public meetings to get ideas for improving Rhode Island parks.

The meetings are scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday at the Lincoln Woods Nature Center in Lincoln and 6 p.m. Thursday at the Narragansett Community Center in Narragansett. The first meeting was recently held in Westerly.

The state has proposed fee increases at state beaches and campsites as part of the plan to add staffing in the state parks system. The state Department of Environmental Management plans to talk about the challenges of running more than 65 unique recreational areas with minimal staff, outline the possibilities of adding services through new investment and listen to comments and concerns.

A fourth meeting is planned for a future date in Bristol.

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