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Budget cuts to close Walnut Creek State Park at Keystone Lake

By MICHAEL OVERALL - Tulsa World Modified: July 11, 2014 at 8:22 am •  Published: July 11, 2014

Last year at Walnut Creek State Park, 30 minutes west of Tulsa on Keystone Lake, revenues hit $51,000. But expenses were nearly three times higher, at $150,000.

With a budget deficit that large, and the much more popular Keystone State Park less than 20 miles away, Walnut Creek became a luxury the state of Oklahoma could no longer afford, officials announced this week.

The park may close Sept. 1, when the state will terminate its lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lease would have expired in 2015 anyway, and the state had no plan to renew it, officials said. But ending the lease early will save the state $100,000.

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