E-News May 2014

Supporters Make Park Advocacy Day a Success

Our 12th Annual Park Advocacy Day on Tuesday was a great success, thanks to the participants who came out to support their state parks. 135 park advocates met with nearly every office in the Capitol to ensure that all Legislators knows that Californians care about our state parks, and to share information about four important upcoming bills that will affect state parks.

The day included several special guests:

  • Senator Christine Kehoe (Ret.) gave a morning presentation about the recent draft report of the Parks Forward Commission.
  • Senator Kevin de León joined the group to accept this year’s Park Legacy Award and speak about his work for state parks.
  • Several Legislators spoke to the group during the Afternoon Speakers Series, including Senator Noreen Evans, Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymember Ian Calderon, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez and Assemblymember Mark Stone.
  • DPR Director Major General Anthony Jackson stopped by at the end of the day to talk to the group and share his perspective on the future goals for state parks.

Park Advocacy Day also included an expo on the north lawn of the Capitol. The “California’s State Parks are Great Places” Expo showcased our Great Places campaign and depicted the many ways California’s state parks are great. The expo included fun activities and lots of information on unique activities taking place at state parks, and featured live music and plenty of treats.

Thank you to everyone who came to participate in Park Advocacy Day, and those who supported from afar through petitions, Great Places photos and well wishes! Together, we made a real impact on behalf of our state parks.

Volunteer in a State Park

Become a Park Champion and help your local parks get ready for the busy summer season, or dust off your camping gear and make a weekend getaway to volunteer at a new park. Our intrepid Volunteer Core Leaders would love your help repainting lifeguard towers at San Buenaventara (Ventura), cleaning the campground at Palomar Mountain (San Diego), restoring beach habitat at Half Moon Bay (San Mateo), gardening and fence building at San Juan Bautista (San Benito), growing native plants at Candlestick Point (San Francisco), installing new barbeque grills at Colonel Allensworth (Tulare), or removing invasive plants at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Los Angeles).

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.

Art Contest Will Determine State Park License Plate Design

See your artwork on license plates across California! DPR has launched an art contest to design the next special interest license plate dedicated to state parks. The donated artwork for the special state parks license plate should be a full-plate design incorporating a California redwood tree and should not obscure the readability of the license plate. The artwork must be an original and unpublished work.

The deadline for the contest is June 15, 2014. The design will be judged on creativity, inspiration, reproducibility, legibility of the lettering and numbering on the plate, and uniqueness demonstrated that best captures a California redwood tree. The winner of the contest will be announced June 30, 2014.

Following approval of the artwork and final design of the new license plates, the DMV will begin issuing the license plates upon receipt of 7,500 paid applications. Proceeds from the sale of the plates will help support the restoration and preservation of California’s 280 state parks.

More information about the contest and artwork requirements.

Attend a Public Hearing on Park Access for Underserved Communities

The public is invited to attend a California State Park and Recreation Commission Forum on Improving Park Access for Underserved Communities. The forum will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at Casa Italiana, 1051 N. Broadway in Los Angeles.

Attendees will hear from park experts and practitioners about strategies, best management practices and lessons learned by exemplary programs to increase and improve access to park facilities among underserved populations. The public will also have the opportunity to provide their comments. Special guest speaker is Senator Kevin de León.

For more information call (916) 653-0524 or email Louis.nastro@parks.ca.gov

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.

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Jeff Sullivan for winning the Photo of the Month for April! Jeff’s photo, “Weston Cove Sunset,” depicts a beautiful last glow of the setting sun over the cove.

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

Photo by Vincent James

A yellow road, emerald green grass, a rainbow of colors—you’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. You’re in the East Bay! Mount Diablo transforms into a tapestry of colorful blooms in spring. To see some of it, follow the yellow dirt road!

Find out more at Weekend Sherpa.

Head to Mt. Diablo on Tuesday, May 13 to catch the Amgen Tour of California race, which starts in San Jose at 10:45 a.m. and finishes at the top of Mt. Diablo.

California State Parks Foundation

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