3:43 am
Thu April 23, 2009

State Parks Cut Fireworks

Murray, KY – Though it's still more than two months away, the region's state parks say visitors can expect dark skies this Fourth of July. State parks across the Commonwealth are cutting their fireworks shows, including those at Kenlake, Lake Barkley and Kentucky Dam Village resort parks. State Parks spokesman Gil Lawson says parks just can't foot the bill the year.

"We are working very hard to maintain what the parks are known for. We just felt like a once a year event, you know, was not worth the $65,000 it costs us every year."

Lawson says individual state parks are looking for private sponsors and donations to keep the tradition alive. State parks' fireworks displays draw thousands of spectators each year.