Even though park entry and camping fees went up in mid-August, that additional revenue alone hasn't been enough to keep all 279 parks across the state open. This week California State Parks started announcing partial closures and service reductions for state parks on a region-by-region basis. Cost-cutting measures so far have included closing visitor centers, restrooms, campgrounds and even entire parks for a few days per week, plus reducing educational programs and school tours. And what about infrastructure repairs and improvements? Forget about that until at least mid-2010.
For details about ongoing state park closures, including at beaches, forests, historic sites and campgrounds, check out state parks' 2009 news releases online, including for:
- Mendocino District
- Channel Coast District
- Russian River District
- Capital District
- Northern Buttes District
- Marin District
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Photo: Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Michael Connolly, Jr.)