Illinois Department of Natural Resources
February 26 , 2009
Governor Quinn Reopens Seven State Parks and Restores 12 Full Time Jobs to IDNR
SPRINGFIELD - In another important step towards returning Illinois back to the people, Governor Pat Quinn today announced the reopening of seven state parks closed last year by the Blagojevich administration. The move is another sign pointing toward the state’s renewed focus on natural resources and recreational opportunities for its citizens especially in tough economic times.
Governor Quinn made the announcement at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) headquarters in Springfield alongside IDNR Director Marc Miller, and IDNR staff and supporters. Hear the announcement here.
“This is a great day for the people of Illinois. State parks protect some of our most precious habitat and provide opportunities for families to find outdoor recreation close to home. These are the people’s parks and the people have the right to enjoy them in good and bad economic times,” said Governor Quinn. “The value of these open spaces is immeasurable to children, families and local communities that depend on these parks for crucial economic stability.”
Today’s announcement officially starts the process of reopening Castle Rock
State Park and Lowden State Park in Oregon, Illini State Park in Marseilles,
Hidden Springs State Forest in Strasburg, Moraine View State Park in Leroy,
Weldon Springs State Park in Clinton, and Wolf Creek State Park in Windsor.
IDNR will immediately begin the process of re-staffing the sites as quickly
Reopening these seven state sites gives back dozens of recreational opportunities including camping, fishing, and hiking to more than two million visitors each year.
IDNR sites – state parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas, habitat areas, and other open spaces have a significant economic impact, especially in the state's more rural areas, bringing in non-local visitors who contribute to local economies by supporting local businesses.
Illinois residents report their favorite outdoor recreation activities include walking/hiking, wildlife watching, picnicking, bicycling, fishing and swimming- all opportunities available at Illinois state parks.