"We have no budget in place that keeps the park open," said Larrabee. "We understand people are going to be disappointed but we have to accept the economic reality."
McEneny said he believes the decision to close the parks did not come from the Parks Department, but instead from the governor. "I don't blame it on parks [department]. I think this is coming from the governor. The old adage is 'this is coming from the second floor."
McEneny said the governor is trying to exert pressure on the legislature to make cuts or raise taxes. "I think this kind of pressure is counterproductive," he said.