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City Visions: July 30, 2012
California State Park System in Crisis
For budgetary reasons, 70 of California's 279 state parks were set to close to the public on July 1st. But thanks to partnerships with private businesses and advocacy groups, 68 of those parks remain open for the time being. Even with this money and the recently discovered surplus in the Parks Department, Californians need to decide if funding our state park system is in our best interest, especially in an economically challenging climate. We talk about California’s State Park system, its history, its value, and what closing a state park might look like.
Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the California State Parks Foundation
Melissa Griffin, columnist at San Francisco Examiner
John Fraser, historian with the California State Parks