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Officials: Majority of state parks could stay open
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The state parks department said it hopes a majority of the California parks originally slated to close this summer because of budget cuts will remain open as officials negotiate with local governments, nonprofits and private concessionaires. The department issued a news release after a top parks official told The Associated Press the agency was "working feverishly" to keep the parks open, and that only 15 of the 70 targeted parks may ultimately close. In a statement issued later, the department said the outcome hinges on agreements it is negotiating with various agencies and organizations. More

State parks slated to close find new funding
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Some California state parks slated for closing due to budget cutbacks are now expected to stay open, according to the California Department of Parks and Recreation. State budget cuts forced 70 California parks onto a list of closures targeted to take place this summer. Eleven of those 70 have been saved by agreements in place with local and federal government agencies to fund them. More

Del Norte state park spared closure, for now; 11 other parks statewide to stay open this summer
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California is continuing to search for long-term solutions to fund its state parks, but the state has reached temporary agreements that will allow 11 out of the 70 slated for closure — including Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park — to stay open this summer. Three other state parks also likely will stay open this summer due to funding from private donors, according to the California State Parks Foundation. More

Groups line up for Castle Crags; competitors seek to run state park
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A Redding nonprofit aiming to run Castle Crags State Park in Castella is expected to have some competition from at least two concessionaires that handle services for other parks in the state. Innovations Housing announced it would submit a formal proposal to run the park. The nonprofit group normally handles low-income and sustainable housing projects locally and in East Africa. But representatives with Red Bluff's California Parks Company and Phoenix-based Recreation Resource Management say they're interested in taking over operations at the park too. More

New study shows growth varied around Yosemite, other California parks
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National parks are some of the best protected places on the planet. Yet the ecological systems within a park can be significantly affected by the activities outside its borders. To investigate the extent of the threat, a new study by Montana State University compared growth in the U.S. national parks and discovered a wide range of rates. The MSU study — which complemented a University of Montana study on climate change — focused on 57 national parks in the lower 48 states and found that population densities around the parks rose an average of 224 percent between 1940 and 2000, while housing densities grew 329 percent. More

Steven Greenhut: Hope for sparing parks from budget ax
The Orange County Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For a state that prides itself on innovation and alternative ideas, California remains stuck in a rut of outdated thinking when it comes to providing government services. But, thanks to budget cutbacks, California officials might be open to some original thinking, as they wrestle with ways to keep open 70 state parks that have been targeted for closure. California's state government controls 278 parks, with 1.3 million acres of land. More

Ben Hames: Parks and recreation
The Orion    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No, I'm not talking Ron Swanson here — sadly. I am talking about the differences in nature between Chico and back home in London. Recently, I visited Upper Bidwell Park for the first time during my time here — long overdue, I know. I have to say that I had a thoroughly good time. It helped that it was a beautiful day as well, not a cloud in the sky and all that. I mean, back home in London, I live right next to a park, a royal park no less, but it just can't compare to the size of Bidwell Park. More


Phil Brock, who chairs the Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission, was installed March 22 as the new President of the California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members.

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Snack bars
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Colby Diuguid, City of Murieta writes, "The City of Murrieta has six snack bars that we currently allocate out to different youth leagues. With the budget issues we have, we are looking into what other cities are doing. How do you deal with multiple leagues that share a facility and the snack bar? Do you run the snack bar your self or contract it out? Do you charge the youth leagues for use of the snack bar — a flat rate or percent or the profit? Any feedback about what you are doing would be helpful." More

Free Speech Zone
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Michael Langford, City of Sausalito writes, "This upcoming election season — which already has started here in Sausalito — may be tumultuous. As such, I fully expect candidates for City Council as well as people who have an opinion on a ballot measure to want to be at our events and pass out literature. Have any of you had this come up? What did you do? Do you let them go wherever they want at the event or do you set up a 'Free Speech Zone'?" More


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