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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 3:39 pm | Updated: 1:51 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

The Arizona State Parks Board made reductions Friday that include layoffs, limits on park operations and moving forward with an entrance-fee proposal next spring in an attempt to bridge a $1.5 million budget gap.

The board voted to eliminate about 25 to 30 full-time positions — about 10 percent of the park system's staff — to save about $1 million in operating costs.

The layoffs likely will affect staff at its downtown Phoenix headquarters, as well as within various parks and programs.

The board also approved a series of reductions in parks days and hours of operation, in an effort to save another $400,000 in operating costs.

The board decided last month to keep parks open, if even only for some days each week.

Oracle State Park near Tucson is the only state park that will be closed except for special events.

Officials say parks closed earlier this year — McFarland and Jerome state historic parks — will remain closed and other state parks may avoid closure with the help of funding from local sources.

All staffing and operations changes will go into effect Oct. 1.

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