In This Series:
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.
Learn about how parks have been saved from closure and the possible fate of others.
Explore the rapid evolution of one of America's oldest and largest state park systems in this interactive timeline.
Check out some of the interesting facts and figures about the California park system.
The California Report | Jul 04, 2014
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.
News Fix | Jul 05, 2013
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 […]
News Fix | May 22, 2013
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, […]
News Fix | Apr 11, 2013
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.
News Fix | Mar 25, 2013
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 […]