Latest from state parks
January 01, 2012 by Joan Hamilton
In spring 2011, the bad news about California’s state parks hit: 70 parks were slated for closure by July 2012, including 18 in the Bay Area. Since then, volunteers, nonprofits, and public agencies have mobilized to contain the damage. At Henry Coe State Park, donations will keep the park running with existing staff. In Sonoma, closure loomed for five parks and groups have joined forces to create new models of park operation.
October 01, 2010 by Aleta George
On November 2, voters will decide if California should do something it has never done before: provide dedicated funding for its state parks. Beyond curing the parks’ seemingly endless maintenance backlog, the new funding promises increased public access and educational programs.
November 19, 2009 by Donna Whitmarsh
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently won an award form the National Park Trust (really), apparently for not closing the parks after all. But it’s the hundreds of volunteers across the region who are helping remaining staff keep things together, while they also fight for a permanent funding solution.