A few days ago I wrote (at http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2009/08/brandywine-battlefield-park-may-close.html) that Pennsylvania's Brandywine Park closed because of the loss of state funding. I also mentioned a grass roots campaign by the Friends of Brandywine Battlefield to save the state park.
Now the Pennsylvania government has reached an agreement with the Friends of Brandywine Battlefield Park that will reopen the park next week.
A press release from a state senator Dominic Pileggi's office states:
Under the facilities agreement, Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates will operate the park at no additional cost to the state. Park visitors should not see any change in the daily operations. Much of the park’s current staff has agreed to continue working as volunteers while a long-term solution is finalized.
Translation: this is a short-term stopgap solution. Senator Pileggi's announcement refers to the new agreement as a short-term “facilities agreement.” A long-term solution is still needed and this latest agreement isn't it.
You can read more at http://www.senatorpileggi.com/press-2009/0809/081409.htm.
The Friends of Brandywine Battlefield Park web site is available at http://www.savebrandywinebattlefield.com.