70 State Parks At Risk

5.13.2011:  On May 13th the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) released a list of 70 state parks that will be permanently closed to the public as a direct result of the $22 million budget cut enacted by Governor Jerry Brown and the Legislature earlier this year.  San Francisco’s Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is among those slated to be closed.

Although closure lists have been released in the past in response to previous budget cut proposals, this is the first time in the 100 year history of California’s state park system that state park closures will be implemented.

Permanent park closures will begin this September.  The full list of park closures is devastatingly long and includes 40% of all state historic parks in CA.

At this juncture, no one knows what the closure of a park will mean to park users. We can only assume that it could include limited accessibility to the public, the absence of staff, closed camp sites.  Further, there could be an extreme side of closures that could include fines for persons using the site when closed.

This unprecedented plan will close the doors to 25% of California’s state park system and will impact all regions of our state. As you know, park closures will have very real impacts on the people of California, the resources our parks protect and our economy.

Please join us and the California State Parks Foundation today to send a letter to your legislators and the governor opposing these closures and showing your continued support for California’s state parks. Your action is urgently needed, as policymakers will be making additional decisions in the next weeks about the state park budget that may have further impacts to our state parks.

For detailed information, please go to the California State Parks Foundation (calparks.org) or the Save our State Parks website (savestateparks.org). Check back often for updates to our state parks in the news below.

State Parks in the News

05.29.11   California state park closures: Even parks that remain open are in bad shape [Southern California Public Radio]

05.30.11  California Governor’s Plan to Shut State Parks Foiled by Federal Funding [Fox News]

Candlestick Point State Park is among one of the sites receiving federal support through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. By being part of this program, the closure of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and 15 other parks is on hold.

06.02.11  CSPF Sponsored Park Legislation Moves Forward, Save the Date:  June 21 at the Capitol [California State Parks Foundation]

06.17.11  California Puts Brake on Parks:  Budget Cuts Lead to Sweeping Closures, Reduction in Services in Nation’s Largest State System [Wall Street Journal]

To read more about parks in the news, please go here.

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