Public hearings set for 3 closed state parks, including near Branson, Ava

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Wes Johnson/News-LeaderThe east fork of Roark Creek flows along the southwest edge of the still-closed Ozark Mountain State Park near Branson.(Photo: File photo)The land has been purchased but no improvements made on three state parks which remain closed to the public — including one near Branson and another near Ava.On Monday, Missouri State Parks announced it will hold a series of public meetings about those two areas, and another state park in eastern Missouri in early December.  The three areas are 1,011-acre Ozark Mountain State Park in Taney County north of Branson, 2,917-acre Bryant Creek State Park in Douglas County near Ava and 1,230-acre Jay Nixon State Park in Reynolds County.The 4,176-acre Eleven Point State Park in Oregon County also remains closed, but it was not listed among the upcoming public hearings in the state parks news release. Representatives from Missouri State Parks will be present at the meetings to hear from the public about the future of the properties and to provide information about each one.People also can submit comments about the three properties on the Missouri State Parks website from Dec. 4 -15 at mostateparks.com.The meetings are:• Ozark Mountain State ParkMonday, Dec. 4, 6-8 p.m.Dewey Short Visitor Center4500 State Highway 165, Branson, MO 65616• Bryant Creek State ParkTuesday, Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m.Ava Community Center108 Northeast 2nd Ave., Ava, MO 65608• Jay Nixon State ParkThursday, Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m.Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park148 Taum Sauk Trail, Middlebrook, MO 63656Land for the new state parks was acquired under former Gov. Jay Nixon. Some lawmakers have questioned whether money to buy some of the state park land was used appropriately.The four new parks have remained closed for possible future development, under new …

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