Maintaining Parks

State legislators are being asked by Gov. Jim Justice to provide additional funds — at least $3 million — for maintenance projects at state parks. That would be just a drop in the bucket of what the park system needs, but it should be provided.

West Virginia’s state parks are the crown jewels of our state, attracting many visitors by themselves. As we strive to improve the already important tourism industry, it just makes sense to ensure our parks are as appealing as possible.

Lawmakers also will be considering a dramatic increase in the tourism marketing budget. That, too, is important — but if we are going to bring more visitors to our state parks, let us ensure the facilities are safe and enjoyable enough to bring people back.