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State parks projects under review due to delays, cost hikes

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 16:04:05-05

PHOENIX - Plans to expand and improve Arizona's state parks are under review as key projects face delays and cost increases.

The projects are drawing new scrutiny after the director of Arizona State Parks and Trails recently was ousted. Ted Vogt (voit) is filling in.

A report he submitted to the Legislature says all projects are being reviewed to determine whether they're viable and to ensure permits and other clearances have been secured.

Vogt was appointed interim director after Gov. Doug Ducey fired Sue Black following numerous complaints, including ones by former staffers that potential archaeological sites were bulldozed to rush developments and improvements.

New rental cabins are costing more than expected. At least two other major park development projects are lagging.

Legislators plan to review parks projects Tuesday.