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MO Business Owners, Outdoor Enthusiasts Lament Parks Remaining Closed

Jay Nixon State Park was closed at the beginning of 2017, while the Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, and Ozark Mountain parks have never been opened. (Missouri State Parks)
Jay Nixon State Park was closed at the beginning of 2017, while the Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, and Ozark Mountain parks have never been opened. (Missouri State Parks)
November 3, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Eleven Point, Bryant Creek, Ozark Mountain and Jay Nixon state parks face an uncertain future nearly 10 months into the administration of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Business owners and outdoor enthusiasts hope to change that with a signature drive calling attention to the potential benefits of the new, unopened parks which were bought and designated at the end of the administration of Jay Nixon.

Eleven Point Cottages owner Brian Sloss says the parks would require minimal upkeep while serving as an economic opportunity to businesses such as his.

"I was really excited at the possibility, and now it's just frustrating to see it sitting there with no activity and no plans, it doesn't seem," he laments. "It's just a crying shame."

Greitens has yet to address the openings, and that has led to concern that his administration wants to sell the undeveloped land. Business owners have begun signing onto a document urging the state parks department to move forward with the openings.

State Parks director Ben Ellis has said they're looking at all options while noting that the new parks came with no funding allocation for staff and upkeep.

Jennifer Conner is the Ozarks conservation program coordinator for the Missouri Sierra Club who believes this is a nonpartisan issue. She points to a study on the Missouri State Parks web site indicating that for every dollar spent by the state to operate parks, $26 is generated in Missouri's economy.

"If you think about Bryant Creek State Park and Eleven Point State Park particularly, they are in areas that are otherwise pretty economically depressed," she says. "So, you have the benefit of having this economic boon to those communities."

Sloss says that unlike selling the land to private developers, opening the parks would protect the land while stimulating the economy.

Kevin Patrick Allen, Public News Service - MO