Public Support May Save Some California State Parks
The saga of California’s troubled state park system will reach a sad milestone on June 30, 2012, when the California Department of Parks and Recreation will close a significant proportion of the 70 state parks on a closure list approved by the California legislature and governor in 2011. These parks, which range from natural area parks to historic sites to active public recreation areas, will be closed unless they have approved plans—with operating agreements in place—to keep them open beyond July 1.
That it has come to this for one of the premier state park systems in the nation has puzzled and troubled parks advocates not just in California, but across the nation. This outstanding state park system of 276 state parks has been in existence for more than 100 years. The economic contribu....
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