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Check the Status of State Parks

Park officials announced most of the 70 parks scheduled for a July 1, 2012 closure will remain open.

Forty parks have signed deals to continue operations, and another 25 are in the works.


 
What Next?
What Next?

Learn about how parks have been saved from closure and the possible fate of others.

timeline
Building the State Parks

Explore the rapid evolution of one of America's oldest and largest state park systems in this interactive timeline.

by the numbers
By the Numbers

Check out some of the interesting facts and figures about the California park system.

Updates
Climate Watch

The California Report | Jul 04, 2014

Asilomar State Park Celebrates 100 Years

Asilomar State Park on the Monterey Peninsula is celebrating its 100th anniversary -- and the park's history is a rich one. When this forested bluff was donated to the YWCA a century ago, America was industrializing rapidly. The Bay Area Y wanted a West Coast camp where women could learn both work and leadership skills. In this natural setting, the YWCA empowered women and promoted racial equality. President John F. Kennedy, anthropologist Margaret Mead and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. all spoke here.

The Treasures Living in the California State Parks Warehouse

News Fix | Jul 05, 2013

The Treasures Living in the California State Parks Warehouse

Northeast of Sacramento, on a remote part of the former McClellan Air Force Base, there’s a massive warehouse that holds a treasure trove of artifacts from early California — items ranging from historic railroad ledgers to enormous Gold Rush-era freight wagons. California State Parks curators Ross McGuire and Nancy Jenner, as well as State Parks […]

Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

News Fix | May 22, 2013

Will Locals Keep Paying for State Parks They Saved?

Two years ago this month, the California Department of Parks & Recreation announced a list of 70 parks it planned to close. Park lovers rallied, giving their time and money to pick up the parks the state was willing to drop off. There is no closure list now, and the department is under new management, […]

Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park?s Future

News Fix | Apr 11, 2013

Tussle in Tracy: Off-Roaders, Nature Lovers Fight over State Park?s Future

We?ve heard a lot over the last couple of years about all the money troubles the California state parks have been having?but not all state parks are starved for cash. Eight ?off-highway vehicle parks? get a steady stream of gas-tax funds guaranteed by state law. These parks are a different breed from the rest. They?re even run by a separate division within the Department of Parks and Recreation. And in many ways, off-roaders struggle with Californians who have a very different idea of what a park should be.

Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

News Fix | Mar 25, 2013

Report: California Should Give Up Control of Some State Parks

by Tracie Cone, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) ? Over the years, California has added more parks to its state system than it can afford and should consider turning over control of some to local entities, a new report says. Humboldt Redwoods State Park (Image credit: Lee Edwin Coursey/Flickr) The report released Monday by the […]

 
 
 

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