February 3, 2008 8:22 PM

California is Closing 48 State Parks

Part of the governor's massive state-wide budget cuts includes a significant reduction in aid for our California state parks, forcing the closure of nearly 20% of our parks.

Here's a map with the affected parks:

Here's the official stance of the state parks on this issue:

*Most* of these parks will be closed to public, and placed in a "caretaker status," which requires fewer full-time employees. Many will be closed with no care. The parks they have chosen have the least amount of traffic, generate the least revenue, and are dependent on volunteers. Previous budget cuts have made it impossible to do trail maintenance anyway, so why not shut them down (ACK!!!! If I had known, I would gladly have chipped in extra for admission!)

It is horrible, but it's good to read that the parks tried their best to find the parks that will make the least impact. I'm super sad, though, because Topanga State Park was a favorite for Tom and I to go backpacking. It's on the cutting block, along with several others that I've visited and loved, like San Simeon State Park, Benecia, Railtown, Sutter's Fort, Bolsa Chica, and Tomales Bay. Tomales Bay was one I visited recently with a class. There was some interesting geology there and unbelievably beautiful wetlands.

Here's a website where you can write a letter to the governor about your sentiments on the issue:

Here is a list of the parks and beaches to be closed:

Anderson Marsh SHP
Armstrong Redwoods SR
Austin Creek SRA
Benicia Capitol SHP
Benicia SRA
California Citrus SHP
California State Mining & Mineral Museum
Candlestick Point SRA
Clear Lake SP
Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
Estero Bluffs SP
Fort Ord Dunes SP
Fremont Peak SHP
George Hatfield SRA
Governor's Mansion SHP
Great Valley Grasslands SP
Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
Harmony Headlands SP
Henry W. Coe SP
La Purisima Mission SHP
Limeklin SP
Los Encinos SHP
Los Osos Oaks SR
Malakoff Diggins SHP
Manchester SB
McConnell SRA
Montana de Oro SP
Morro Strand SB
Mount San Jacinto SP
Petaluma Adobe SHP
Picacho SRA
Pio Pico SHP
Plumas-Eureka SP
Portola Redwoods SP
Providence Mountains SRA
Railtown 1897 SHP
Salton Sea SRA
San Simeon SP
Santa Susana Pass SHP
State Indian Museum
Sutter's Fort SHP
Tomales Bay SP
Topanga SP
Wassama Round House SHP
Will Rogers SHP
William B. Ide Adobe SP
William Randolph Hearst Memorial SB
Woodson Bridge SRA

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