Meeting to focus on future of state parks

The N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation will hold a public hearing on proposed administrative rule changes for the state parks system Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Peterborough Town Library.

The hearing is one of five being held this month at locations throughout the state.

“This meeting is a great opportunity for local residents to directly speak with those who run the state parks and air their concerns and ideas to improve and preserve the park system today and into the future,” said Andy Peterson of Peterborough, a member of the State Park Advisory Council who will be at the meeting.

Peterson said that during the past few years, serious efforts have started to upgrade the state park system, including introduction of a state park license plate, which allows motorists for an $85 annual fee to gain unlimited “day use” access to most state parks and historic sites.

Peterson said State Parks Director Phil Bryce will attend the meeting, along with other park directors and officials.

Among the proposed changes that will be discussed are rules either permitting or prohibiting animals at various specific parks, proposals to restrict the use of metal detectors, regulations on parking and gate closures at parks, revisions to the beach parking facilities at Seacoast area parks and updates to the department’s system of fines for recreational use violations.

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