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2014 to be "Year of Alabama Parks"

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is announcing a new promotion for the state set to take place in 2014. The year is being proclaimed the "Year of Alabama Parks" and will highlight state parks, local parks and outdoor recreational spots around the state.

Bentley addressed a crowd Friday afternoon at the ShrimpFest and Barbecue event at Oak Mountain State Park to announce the new promotion. The event is the first in a series celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Alabama State Parks systems next year.

Alabama has 22 state parks and each will host a variety of hikes, nature walks, camping specials and other special events. 

A brochure called "Must-See Parks in Alabama" is being produced by the Alabama Tourism Department, as is an interactive section on the department's website www.alabama.travel.

Alabama's numerous urban parks and green spaces will also be featured during The Year of Alabama Parks.

Alabama's 22 state parks are within a one-hour drive of most communities from a state park offering a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including:

"Our partners are not only the visitors, but community organizations and local businesses that invest their time and efforts into providing recreational opportunities for all Alabamians to enjoy," said Greg Lein, Parks Director.  "In the coming months and new year, we encourage everyone to join us in celebrating Alabama State Parks' 75 years of service."

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