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Our state parks belong to each of us and they are our responsibility to protect and defend. Generations before us passed on a legacy that includes some of the most awe-inspiring vistas, seascapes, and ancient forests, as well as sites and artifacts of early California culture and history that tell us how we came to be Californians.

In order to protect our state parks, citizens need to be aware, informed and engaged.

Your voice matters. Below are ways to use your voice to help state parks.

Up For Vote: Assembly Bill 2444 - Park Bond

Assembly Bill 2444 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) is the California Parks, Water, Climate, and Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2016, a bond to be placed on the November 2016 ballot for approval by California voters.

It’s been 14 years since voters approved Prop 40, the last legislatively crafted park bond - It is time to reinvest in California’s state park infrastructure.

AB 2444 will give voters the opportunity to approve funding that will rehabilitate our aging park system infrastructure, protect our critical natural resources and improve public access to protected lands and habitat protection.

AB 2444 would address this need by investing in:

  • The creation and expansion of safe neighborhood parks in park-poor neighborhoods
  • Restoration of state and local park facilities
  • Improved public access to protected lands and habitat protection.

With a current deferred maintenance backlog estimated at over $1.3 billion California needs to reinvest in our state’s natural infrastructure- including our state park system. Critical repairs are necessary to preserve visitor safety and enjoyment, and protect our natural and cultural resources. Improving state park amenities will not only enhance visitor value, but have the opportunity to help generate additional revenues.

CSPF believes that having quality programming, access to safe areas for play and exploration, preservation of protected lands, and the ability to find places of respite is consistent with Californians’ desire to access the outdoors and use parks as part of their daily lives.

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