From the President
I was recently invited to appear as a guest on an episode of KQED Forum called "The State of Our State Parks" along with Major General Anthony Jackson, director of the California State Parks Department, and Ken Wiseman, executive director of the Parks Forward Commission. We had an interesting discussion with our host Dave Iverson about what state parks have accomplished in the last few months, and what challenges lie ahead.
If you missed the show, you can listen to the recording on the Forum website here.
Your Great Photos
We asked our members to finish the sentence: "California state parks are great places to ..." In turn, folks have submitted some amazing photographs and stories to our "Great Places" campaign.
You can see the photos on our Flickr page.
Have you submitted a photo yet? If not, please do! Your photos may be used in future emails, and at our “California’s state parks are great places to …” expo taking place at the state capitol during Park Advocacy Day on May 6.
Park Advocacy Day Expo
On May 6 CSPF will be hosting a California’s State Parks are Great Places Expo on the north lawn of the State Capitol in conjunction with our 12th Annual Park Advocacy Day.
If you happen to be in the Sacramento area, we encourage you to visit the expo and learn more about why California’s state parks are great! We’ll have fun activities and lots of information on unique activities taking place at state parks throughout California. Learn about kayaking at the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, astronomy at Sugarloaf State Park and much more.
California’s State Parks are Great Places Expo
Tuesday, May 6
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
North lawn, State Capitol
For more information email email@example.com or call our Sacramento office at (916) 442-2119.
We Need Volunteers Like You
Spring into action by volunteering with Park Champions! Help install new posts in the campground at Henry Cowell Redwoods (Santa Cruz), restore valuable beach habitat at Half Moon Bay (San Mateo), build ramadas at Salton Sea (Imperial), help with general maintenance at Candlestick Point (San Francisco), maintain trails at China Camp (Marin), re-roof an outbuilding at Castle Rock (Santa Cruz), or repair the boardwalk and camp all weekend at MacKerricher (Mendocino).
Visit our website to see a map of upcoming projects at parks near you and our Flickr page for examples of Park Champions in action.
PG&E Sends Staff to Volunteer in State Parks
April is National Volunteer Month! In recognition of this, CSPF partner Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is once again hosting their annual Month of Service celebration and has set an unprecedented employee volunteerism goal of 50,000 hours in 2014, many which will be achieved through work at state parks.
PG&E and its 22,000 employees have shown dedication and support for state parks for the past 13 years. This year’s support from PG&E is especially welcome as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of state parks. Together, we have been able to bring communities of volunteers together to beautify and preserve California’s treasured places. PG&E’s long-term commitment to parks has made a significant difference.
Throughout April, PG&E employees will volunteer their time at Candlestick Point SRA, Mount Diablo SP, China Camp SP, Jack London SHP, Henry Cowell Redwoods SP, Half Moon Bay SB, Auburn SRA, Millerton SRA, McConnell SRA, Montaña de Oro SP and Folsom Powerhouse SHP.
Thank you to PG&E and all of the employee volunteers!
Thank you also to Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks Coffee for generously donating coffee to fuel the volunteers at these projects.
Los Angeles State Historic Park Project Breaks Ground
LASHP reached a momentous milestone on Saturday, March 15. The land for LASHP was acquired in December 2001, and a mere 13 years later, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the beginning of construction for the full site build-out. Now, between 2001 and 2014, plenty has been happening at LASHP! Lauren Bon’s ephemeral “Not A Cornfield” art project brought significant attention to the then-brand-new urban park, as did the international design completion run by CSPF and California State Parks. The temporary lawns, trees, and interpretive features constructed on the 13 acres at the south end of the park, as well as the very popular running trail around the entire perimeter, have all been well-used by the community and visitors. Cutting-edge technological projects have been implemented through a partnership with UCLA. Virtual campfire programs for kids have brought a whole new generation into the park, as have concerts, fairs and community events.
Now, the entire 32-acre site will be realized. Dignitaries and community leaders all gathered on the 15th to celebrate the moment. A Tongva blessing, fragrant with the smell of burning sage, was given by Chief “Red Blood” Anthony Morales, the East Wind Lion Dancers entranced the 100+ audience with acrobatics, Sen. Kevin DeLeon spoke passionately about the grassroots struggle that created the park: “This park is not here because of the vision of politicians, or some design or plan. This park is here because of the struggle and agitation by the community. The community stopped the industrial warehouses to create the park in the most park poor city in the nation …” Many other legislators and community members spoke as well; to a person, they celebrated the park and the construction that will create it.
Sara Feldman, VP for Programs for CSPF, was on the program and looked back at the 13 years of work and progress toward this very moment. Like many in the audience, she felt that LASHP had come full circle, and reveled in the moment!
See a Show in a State Park
Mount Tamalpais State Park
The Mountain Play Association produces enriching theatrical experiences that stimulate creativity, engage our community, and foster a lifelong enjoyment of the performing arts. This year, Mountain Play Association presents the Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific directed by Linda Dunn for its 101st season in 2014.
UPCOMING DATES: Performances will be on Sundays, May 18, May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15 and Saturday June 7. All shows begin at 2 pm.
COST: Tickets range from $20-$40 General Admission. Children 3 and under are always FREE.
LOCATION: The Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre is located in the Mount Tamalpais State Park on scenic Highway 1 in Marin County, CA. Patrons are encouraged to carpool, hike, or bike to the venue as parking is limited. FREE parking is available in Mill Valley with FREE shuttle buses to the theatre.
More information and tickets at www.mountainplay.org.
Jack London State Park
Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars” in Jack London State Park is a series of Broadway-inspired, award winning concerts featuring incredible talent from Broadway and Hollywood stages and screen.
One Singular Sensation - June 27, 28, 29, July 2, 3 & 5
Fantastical Family - July 25 and 26
Music of the Night - August 14, 15, 16, 22, 23 & 24
Gala Celebration - September 5 & 6
Each evening begins at 5 p.m. with picnicking on the great lawn, with local pours from numerous Sonoma wineries, food from local vendors and pre-show music. Concerts in the Winery Ruins begin at 7:30 p.m.
COST: Tickets range from $29 to $125.
LOCATION: Jack London State Park – Sonoma County 2400 London Ranch Road Glen Ellen, CA 95442
More information and tickets at www.BroadwayJackLondon.com.
Reduce Stress Just by Writing a Letter
While it’s important to have an up-to-date estate plan, much of the important information you will want your heirs to know doesn’t necessarily fit into a will, trust or other estate plan documents. The solution is a letter of instruction.
Here are ten things you’ll want to include in your letter of instruction.
Photo of the Month
Congratulations to photo contestant Paul Dileanis for winning the Photo of the Month for March! Paul’s photo, “Lenticular Clouds at Sunset,” depicts some amazing cloud formations over Red Rock Canyon State Park.
To participate in our contest, simply complete your free registration on MyParkPhotos.com and be sure to check off “California State Parks Foundation” next to Join Partner Contests.
Travel Tips from Weekend Sherpa
If the phrase close-to-home camping conjures images of the local KOA, get ready for your new fantasy. Camping doesn’t get much easier or more beautiful than at Malibu Creek State Park. The campground is one of the only locations where you can sleep under the stars in the Santa Monica Mountains. Some of the campsites line a broad meadow while others are shaded by coast live oaks.
Find out more at Weekend Sherpa.