Parks group to celebrate

The group that fought against the proposed closure of Kopachuck and Joemma state parks is holding a celebration Saturday.

Preserve our Park is holding Family Day at Kopachuck between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Families will be able to listen to live folk music from Flannel Asparagus and participate in guided trail hikes. There also will be face-painting for children and food concessions, which will support the group.

As the Legislature and the State Parks and Recreation Department dealt with drastic budget cuts earlier this year, the department developed a list of parks to close or exchange with another agency. Both Peninsula parks were on the original list of 13 parks, which grew to more than three dozen.

To avoid the closures, the state changed the way drivers can donate to the park system. People now have to opt out of donating $5 when they get new or renew their license tabs.

“There is still much to do to assure that the state parks continue to stay open and that our voices continue to have an influence in Olympia,” said Jerry Gibbs, group spokesman, in a news release. “The ‘Opt-Out’ program is predicted to raise a significant amount to help fund the parks, but it may not offset the predicted cuts for the next budget session.”

For more information, go to www.pop.kreha.org.