PROSPECT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The first day of summer, only means that things will continue to get busier at Maine's State Parks, but there is a big "what if" right now and it has to do with the looming state budget deadline. The state has until June 30th to pass a budget, or there will be a partial government shutdown.
“I've just always wanted to come here it's really pretty,” said Johnson.
She and her husband are hoping their plans to see all those parks don't get spoiled. They spent more than a hundred dollars on that pass to see all Maine's state parks.
“Especially since we just bought the pass it'll be nice if they don't shut it down,” she said.
“Because we receive no taxpayer funding and we're self sufficient here we would be prepared just to continue operation so unless we got instruction from the state to close we would keep Fort Knox open.” explained Leonard Seymour, the executive director of the Friends of Fort Knox.
Friends of Fort Knox also staffs the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory which is controlled by Maine DOT.
It says it hasn't received any guidance from Maine DOT yet, but also plans to keep the bridge open regardless of what happens in Augusta.
According to the Bureau of Parks and Lands Website, Maine manages 48 state parks and historic sites.
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