SPAN supports efforts to protect state parks
SPAN supports efforts to increase public access to state parks
SPAN supports efforts to strengthen and diversify state park funding
SPAN supports efforts to enhance state parks
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Registration is now open for CSPF’s 14th Annual Park Advocacy Day, taking place on Tuesday, May 3rd in Sacramento. We hope you will join us and make sure your organization and state parks are represented!read more
Over 140 youth ages 4-18 entered CSPF’s inaugural Youth Art Contest, submitting artwork inspired by the theme of “California’s State Parks are Great Places for You and Me”. We are proud to announce the winners!read more
We asked state park supporters to share their favorite state park photos with us to help us tell the story of why California’s State Parks are Great Places. Here are just some of the hundreds of photos we received.read more
The Great Places for You and Me Infographic was created as part of our “Great Places” campaign to highlight just a few of the many reasons why California’s state parks play an important role in the lives of Californians. The infographic provides an overview of the state park system, and reasons why state parks are great places for students and teachers, local economies and small business and for your health.read more
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California State Parks in the news…
Looking for a different camping experience? Rustic wooden cabins have been added to the overnight options at three Northern California state parks. VIsitors will find four new cabins each at Patrick’s Point State Park, north of Eureka; Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, east of Crescent City; and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, about 50 miles north of Eureka.
But Annadel also serves as a prime example of the pressures and failures besetting the state parks system. It suffers from its own popularity, attracting an estimated 120,000 visitors annually. On weekends, it is not unusual to see horse riders, cyclists and others on foot squeezing onto the same paths. Many of those trails are in dire need of maintenance, with erosion from wear and tear and weather taking a clear toll over the years. At the same time, a widening number of trails are unsanctioned, carved out mostly by renegade bikers exploring terrain that established paths skirt. Homeless encampments also have sprouted in some areas of the park.
Generations of county residents and visitors have been similarly awestruck and enthralled during visits to the Sonoma Coast and 10 other state parks, nature reserves and historic sites within the county.
Now, to sustain California’s parks into the 21st century, state officials say the system needs an overhaul. The transformation, as outlined by a panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is meant to move past a management scandal that engulfed the parks system in 2012 and to extend the promise of places that serve as playground, refuge, classroom and museum for up to 75 million visitors a year.