Closing state parks is squandering our children’s inheritance. Don’t lock them out. Keep parks open.
California’s state parks system depends heavily on the general fund for operations and maintenance. Last year, the governor and legislature ordered a $22 million cut in the California Department of Parks and Recreation budget.
The result: the Department is planning to close 70 of its 278 parks. Some accounts suggest that closing these parks will cost more than it would cost to keep them open and operating. The state parks draw tourists who feed the economy, provide habitat for wildlife, and recreation for people.