Program Authorization: R.S. 36:201; 36:1681
Outdoor recreational opportunities are a major component of a high quality of life for the residents of any state. Compared to other states, Louisiana ranks poorly in the availability of state parks and commemorative areas. Nevertheless, Louisiana has a park system with significant resources. The mission of this program is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities by planning and operating the state's system of parks and by optimizing the use of federal pass-through funds to provide assistance and improvements to local facilities. The Parks and Recreation Program goal is to provide the highest quality recreation and tourism opportunities through the preservation, development and interpretation of the historic, cultural and natural resources of Louisiana. The three activities in this program are: Administration, Field Operations/Regional Offices, and Outdoor Recreation.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Parks and Recreation Program will ensure that the number of visitors served by the state park system increases at least 2.25%.
2. The Parks and Recreation Program will complete an inventory of the natural, cultural, and historic resources of each developed site in the state parks system by FY 2002. This will allow for the development of resource management plans and interpretive prospectuses for the sites.
3. During FY 1998-1999, the Parks and Recreation Program will add 73 new interpretive programs offered at its various sites for the education and entertainment of visitors. This represents a 20% increase over the previous year.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Parks and Recreation Program will ensure that local entities which received Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to develop recreational facilities continue to honor the requirements of those grants.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with General Fund, Fees and Self-generated Revenues and Federal Funds. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from admissions to Bayou Segnette Wave Pool and funds collected at the gift shops at various state parks and commemorative areas. The Federal Funds are from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide funding for the Division of Outdoor Recreation.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 121.5% of the existing operating budget. It represents 92.6% of the total request ($15,806,894) for this program. The 21.5% increase is due to providing funding for continuation of implementation of the Governor's Four Year Plan for improving Louisiana's State Parks. This program doe not have any positions that have been vacant for one (1) year or more.
Promotion - Funding will include advertising and promotional needs such as public service announcements, audiovisual presentations for group meetings, media use and other informational requirements, newspaper and magazine advertisements, billboards, books, and a documentary film for public broadcast distribution
Interpretive Programs Events at Sate Parks and Commemorative Areas: Audubon, Centenary, Fountainbleu, Fort Jesup, Ft. St. Jean Baptiste, Fort Pike, Port Hudson, Marksville, Mansfield, Longfellow-Evangeline, Poverty Point, Rebel, Chicot Sate Park, Los Adaes, Winterquaters, La. State Arboretum, Interpretive Service.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
Replacement equipment - i.e., front end mowers, utility vehicles, pickup trucks, picnic tables, tractors, mower deck, photocopier, ATV, Backhoe/Tractor, various office furniture, upright picnic grills, mechanical gate, air compressor, table saw, electrical tools, hand pump, chain saw, cutting torch, cash register, pressure washer, sump pump, portable hydraulic lift, welding rigs, washer/dryer, stump grinder, log splitter, front end loader, etc.
New Equipment - 2 utility vehicles, 1 pickup truck, 1 one ton truck, 1 communication equipment and 1 tractor/backhoe for Tickfaw State Park; 5 ozone generators, 2 vacuum cleaners, 1 steam carpet cleaner, 1 power nailer, 1 power pruner, 1 chipper/shredder, 1 miscellaneous hand tool, 1 mechanics tool set with cabinet at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park.
New equipment as follows: $57,440 for 10 new cabins at Lake Claiborne State Park; $57,440 for 10 new cabins at Cypremort Point State Park; $247,618 at Tickfaw State Park (scheduled to open December, 1998); $66,972 for Winter Quarters State Commemorative Area; $206,482 for Plaquemine Locks State Commemorative Area; $84,956 for South Toledo Bend State Park (for security personnel while construction is on-going); $84,959 for Palmetto Island State Park (for security personnel while construction is on-going); and $165,881 for the new reservation system.
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