STATE PARKS CELEBRATE 75 YEARS THIS SUMMER WITH EVENTS AROUND WYOMING
Thanks to a public/private partnership with Cameco Resources of Wyoming, the celebration will last all summer with a variety of historical, educational and family-friendly events around the state.
"We're delighted at the opportunity to work with a fine corporate citizen like Cameco,” State Parks and Cultural Resources Director Milward Simpson said. “Their involvement creates a public private partnership that will help us showcase these wonder parks and sites during this special anniversary year."
Paul Goranson, president of Cameco Resources, said the opportunity to partner with Wyoming State Parks was very appealing.
“As a mining company committed to producing clean-air energy, we share with the people of Wyoming a commitment to the environment and to our state” Goranson said. “Our employees enjoy all the park system has to offer.”
In 1937, then-Governor Leslie Miller created what was then known as the State Parks Commission, an agency empowered to acquire title to land suitable for state parks, public camp grounds and public recreational uses. Today – 75 years later – the commission has grown into the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails, a part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
Anniversary events will be held throughout the state this year to acknowledge the preservation, maintenance and improvements made to many recreational and historical sites enjoyed by Wyoming’s residents and visitors. One of the main drivers of tourism in the state today, the division manages 40 facilities including 11 state parks, 25 historic sites, two archaeological sites, one recreation area and one museum.
A 2009 economic analysis found that the division accounted for a $78.1 million economic impact in Wyoming.
To learn more about events, activities and other exciting opportunities to help celebrate Wyoming’s state parks, trails and historic sites, visit: artsparkshistory.com.