West Virginia state parks are havens of recreation, relaxation and rejuvenation for many Mountain State residents. They also are centers of tourism industries in some regions.
But for many years, routine maintenance has been lacking at some of the parks. Their facilities have deteriorated, becoming less attractive and in some cases unusable.
Legislators were told this week by parks head Ken Caplinger that the system needs about $3 million a year in additional funding for maintenance work. Otherwise, the park system is "going to fall down around us," Caplinger cautioned.
Lawmakers should heed his warning. In preparing the state budget for next year, the additional $3 million should be included.