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British Columbia's park service is marking its centennial with various events around the province, but the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union says parks are showing their age and cutbacks are to blame.

The union has launched an advertising blitz, arguing the centennial is nothing to celebrate because it highlights years of government underfunding and neglect.

Union president Darryl Walker says budgets for the administration of B.C. parks have been cut 25 per cent over the last 10 years.

He says just 10 full-time park rangers remain to cover the second-largest parks system in the country, after Canada's National Parks.

According to the union, travel budgets have also been slashed, forcing some rangers to travel by bus to reach remote corners of the far-flung parks system.

Environment Minister Terry Lake argues no one wants the ministry to spend money it doesn't have and he pledges to seek additional programming when the provincial deficit is handled.

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