State Parks in Danger

Living in a National Park is such a luxury. We’re surrounded by vast open spaces and long trails to disappear down. It’s so wonderful to see people smiling from their dose of fresh air, mountains, rivers, and big trees. But it’s the state parks, the ones that are a little closer to urban centers, that people living in the cities can escape to for shorter periods: before or after work, or between other errands and chores on the weekends.

Over on Two-Heel Drive, Tom Mangan has summarized a list of Bay Area State Parks that are under threat. (Ano Nuevo? Mount Diablo State Park? Angel Island? Really?!?). You can find a more complete listing of which parks will remain open, and those which are being “moved to caretaker status” which means that they will still be protected, Government-owned land, but will not be open to the public.

Visit the California State Park Foundation to find out what you can do about it.

2 thoughts on “State Parks in Danger

  1. Mike Goad

    We are just starting to do quite a bit of traveling around the U.S. and prefer to stay at state or federal parks. I really hate to hear when economic troubles cause parks to close.

    While some may think of our state, Arkansas, as backwards, southern redneck country — which it is to some degree — the funding for our state parks is provided by a 1/8 cent sales tax which was enacted by an amendment to the state’s constitution. It’s ironic that our state parks are thriving while those in other states are in trouble.

    We just got back from a four week trip east and, among other places, visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park, Gettysburg National Battlefield, and Mammoth Cave National Park.

  2. John

    As far as state parks go, I have mixed feelings about Jack London State Historical Park being ‘taken over’ by a local historical society. There are some pros and some cons. Pros: it stays open, there is now a real person collecting the parking fee – cons: they’ve raised the fee and added additional fees. There is also the interesting fact that local businesses are involved. They want to see the traffic increase . . . hmmm

    I realize I’m writing this comment years after the blog post . . . 🙂

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