Prop 68 passes: a victory for parks
Thank you, California voters, for passing Proposition 68 last week, the largest investment in natural resources among underserved communities in our state’s history! The general bond will invest $4 billion over time to address some of California’s most critical water and natural resource needs, with $218 million earmarked for state parks to address deferred park maintenance, provide necessary funding for natural resources protection and restoration, and allow for repairs and improvements that will help facilitate better visitor experiences now and in the future.
“The passing of Proposition 68 demonstrates that voters care about advancing our parks, water and natural resources in both the short- and long-term,” said Rachel Norton, executive director. “This investment in our parks and our future will make sure that these essential spaces and resources will endure for generations of Californians.”
“Investments in parks are not solely about recreation, they are also about public safety, education, health, wellness and creating opportunities for our communities to succeed and thrive,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
Our state parks represent the best California has to offer with their natural, cultural and recreational treasures. Still, many communities, especially disadvantaged youth, lack access to these great outdoor spaces. Proposition 68 expands access to our state’s open spaces and natural resources for all Californians, and helps preserve what we love about California for future generations - our parks, clean water, iconic redwood trees and coastlines.
Read our full statement and press release on Proposition 68 here.
Help us celebrate Park Champions Appreciation Month
Our Park Champions program is made possible by hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers from across California that tirelessly donate their time and work to improve the quality, safety and preservation of our state parks. That is why this June we’re celebrating these dedicated volunteers through Park Champions Appreciation Month!
There are several ways to join the celebration:
- Submit a few words of thanks for Park Champions on our website, which we will be sure to share at an upcoming work day for volunteers.
- Read about the amazing impact our Park Champions had in more than 40 California state parks in 2017 here.
- Follow the celebration on social media with the hashtag #ParkChampions.
- Visit our blog to read words of thanks and stories from our Park Champions Core Leaders over the next few weeks.
- Register to volunteer alongside these dedicated stewards of our parks!
How will you show your appreciation for our Park Champions this month?
Endorsing the expansion of Millerton Lake State Recreation Area
Among the many bills we are supporting and watching this legislative session, we strongly support Assembly Bill (AB) 3218 by Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula. Read a recent op-ed by Assemblymember Arambula.
AB 3218 realizes more equitable access to park resources for Central Valley residents by extending the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area to include areas of the San Joaquin River Parkway. Compared to other regions of the state, this park-poor community lacks the scale and diversity of park and recreational resources for its residents and visitors. AB 3218 would provide park goers and Central Valley residents more pathways to enjoy parklands.
AB 3218 has recently passed out of the State Assembly and will next be heard in Committee in the State Senate. We will continue to support AB 3218 and parks relevant bills and budget actions. See our full legislative agenda here.
May Photo of the Month Winner
Congratulations to Andrew Aldrich, whose photo taken at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is May’s Photo of the Month winner!
It has become a tradition for Andrew to visit Sugarloaf Ridge State Park every spring to see the wildflowers, and he was heartbroken to learn the park was squarely in the burn zone of the devastating fires that hit Sonoma and Napa Counties this past October. When he arrived at the park for his annual visit this spring he encountered an “explosion of flowers of all kinds amid a scarred landscape,” a sure sign of renewal in the wake of the fire.
You could be our next winner! Join our My California State Parks Flickr group to become part of a community of photographers and park lovers sharing their images. Once a month, a winner is selected to win a prize!