Thursday, October 29, 2009

California State Parks: Open or Closed?

It has been a tough couple of months for California State Parks. First came the much-debated budget cuts, which totaled $14.2 million for this fiscal year. (Over half that amount was courtesy of Gov. Schwarzenegger's line-item veto power over the state budget, by the way.) Then, it was proposed that over 100 state parks would have to close completely. Although that didn't happen, it's still a confusing situation if you want to find out whether a state park is open or not on any given day.

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:
More regional closure lists are expected in the next few days. Or, like the old TV ad says, phone first.

Have you experienced state park closures where you live? Tell us about it by posting a comment below.

Photo: Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Michael Connolly, Jr.)

1 comment:

  1. Redwood National and State Parks, in northern Humboldt County, did not have any closures. Humboldt Redwoods State Parks have several : Grizzly Creek, Benbow lake, Richardson Grove and a few more.