Two Arizona state parks closing Thursday

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PHOENIX -- Arizona State Parks says two parks chosen for temporary closing because of budget cuts will be shuttered at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Those parks are Tonto Natural Bridge near Payson and Jerome Historic in Jerome. Buildings at both of those parks need urgent repairs.

The Parks Board Friday also authorized closing a third park, McFarland Historic in Florence, but McFarland already is closed because of structural problems.

Parks officials have said more park closings are almost certain because of budget cuts.

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