ARIZONA STATE PARKS: For Immediate Release
Managing and conserving Arizona’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our Parks and through our Partners. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Ellen Bilbrey at (602) 542-1996 or (602) 228-8518 or Monica Enriquez at (602) 542-6997. Contact by Email: pio(at)azstateparks.gov
(Phoenix, Arizona - September 21, 2013) - When Arizona's business and education leaders came together in 2009 to create a new plan for Arizona's future, they decided to do Gallup polling of residents to identify a set of common goals that would mobilize people and survive transitions in leadership over time. They came up with the eight suggested goals to follow down the path to the "Arizona We Want 2.0" (thearizonawewant.org).
I would encourage everyone to investigate this detailed plan and venture to the edge of shaping Arizona's future. Amazingly, the first polls of residents indicated that of 14 features, Arizonans rate the state's natural beauty, outdoor parks and trails as its greatest asset. They felt that the quality and accessibility of the State Parks and recreation areas must be protected for future generations; as National Parks founders also felt in the mid 1800's. As natural resources planners, we consider the future of our 30 State Parks and contemplate how long State Parks' 60,000+ acres can last with 2.2 million visitors each year. Arizona's fast-growing population forces us to look 20 or 100 years into the future to protect lands that will become our grandchildren's parks and retreats from their daily jobs and stress.
Our State Parks attract visitors from around the world to Arizona's rural communities to boost economies and create jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs who are investing in new hospitality businesses such as kayaking, mountain bike shops, restaurants, and lodging. I can tell you there are few experiences better than getting outdoors and interacting with our amazing state. Whether you are a hiker, biker, camper, photographer or are just thinking you might want to learn to camp, outdoors Arizona has something for you.
As you cross the streams on the stepping stones to reviving Arizona's economy, take the time to visit your State and National Parks and bask in the natural beauty we often smell, see, and experience. Don't be scared to leap into the cold pools. Get wet! Embrace your parks and embrace the 'Arizona We Want'. Join an Arizona State Parks Friends Group or volunteer at a park near you and see how you can get involved. We make memories... Bryan Martyn, Executive Director, Arizona State Parks.
For information about all 27 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 (outside of the Phoenix metro area call toll-free (800) 285-3703). Campsite or cave tour reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter and Facebook.