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Sep 1, 2012 8:34 PM by Erika Flores

Oracle State Park reopens on a limited basis

ORACLE, Ariz.-Oracle State Park reopened Saturday on a limited basis.

The park was shutdown in 2009 because of budget cuts.

Since then, a group called Friends of Oracle State Park has worked to raise money to keep it open.

The park reopened in February but was closed for the summer.

Some come to the park to snap pictures of feathered creatures flying high in the sky, others observe the insect and plant variety, while history buffs explore the historic Kannally Ranch House, a home that was owned by one of the first cattle ranch families in the area.

Tucsonans dropped by looking for a nice hike.

When budget cuts kept the park closed, Friends of Oracle State Park stepped in raising 21 thousand dollars for the park, about one third of its operating budget.

"We were glad to do it. We feel that once you get it open, there's a sort of momentum to keep it open," said Mary Ann Pogany, president of Friends of Oracle State Park.

For now, the park has enough money to stay open on Saturdays for the next three months and again in the spring.

"And after that, let's hope it gets open even more," said Pogany.

For more information on the park, click here.

Click here for information on how to become a member of Friends of Oracle State Park.

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