Sacramento, Calif., – The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) has named Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) as its 2017 Legacy Award honoree, in recognition of his work promoting and advocating for California’s state parks. Assemblymember Garcia will be presented with the award at the closing reception for CSPF’s 15th annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento on Tuesday, June 20.
“We are pleased to recognize and honor Assemblymember Garcia’s commitment to state parks, and his steadfast commitment to increasing access to all park systems,” said Rachel Norton, CSPF executive director. “Protecting our public lands and ensuring affordable and equitable access to parks is more important than ever. In his leadership position in the State Legislature, Assemblymember Garcia understands and helps make clear the connection of parks to the health status, educational achievement, community engagement and environmental health of all Californians. We have been pleased to work with Assemblymember Garcia during his time in the Legislature, and look forward to many more years of partnership to increase access to parks.”
Assemblymember Garcia was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2014 and is currently the Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. During the last two years, Assemblymember Garcia has demonstrated a commitment to investing in local, regional, and state parks and has provided key leadership in strengthening and improving Californians’ connections to the outdoors and their state parks. He is currently authoring Assembly Bill (AB) 18, which seeks to place a parks bond on the ballot in November 2018 for voter approval. He previously authored AB 2444, a similar measure, in 2016.
“It is truly an honor to receive this recognition. I have held a longtime passion for parks and recreation. During my time serving in local government, I witnessed the profound power these types of investments play in transforming communities,” professed Assemblymember Garcia, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife. “I want to thank the California State Parks Foundation for their dedicated efforts to preserve of our state’s natural wonders. This year, I am proud to carry AB 18, a true park bond that focuses on disadvantaged areas that have been historically underserved. I hope that together, our combined efforts will help ensure that all of Californian communities have equitable access to parks and safe recreational opportunities.”
This Park Advocacy Day, approximately 100 park advocates plan to travel to the Capitol to show their support for state parks and urge legislative actions to continue to keep parks open. For the last 15 years, CSPF has hosted Park Advocacy Days to reflect its ongoing commitment to engaging Californians in the active protection and advocacy of their state parks.
Previous Legacy Awardees include Senator Sheila Kuehl (2003), Senator Tom Torlakson (2004), Senator Denise Ducheny (2005), Assemblymember Fran Pavley (2004), Assemblymember John Laird (2005), Senator Wes Chesbro (2006), Assemblymember Tom Harman (2006), Assemblymember Pedro Nava (2007), Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (2007), Senator Christine Kehoe (2008), the California Legislative Black Caucus (2008), Congresswoman Susan Davis (2008), State Treasurer Bill Lockyer (2009), Senator Lois Wolk (2009), Assemblymember Jared Huffman (2012), Senator Kevin de León (2014), Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (2015) and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (2015).
About Park Advocacy Day
On Tuesday, June 20, the California State Parks Foundation will sponsor the 15th annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento on behalf of state parks. More than 100 participants from across the state will converge at the Capitol to lobby policymakers on critical issues facing the state park system, including park management, funding and park protection.
California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks. With our community of supporters, we deliver innovative solutions for an excellent parks system by facilitating park improvements, inspiring stewardship, supporting partners, advocating for sound policies, and connecting people to parks. Together we ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of our 280 state parks are available for all to enjoy now and for generations to come. For more information, visit calparks.org.