Press Release - January 10, 2019


Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 California state budget proposal to the Legislature today, outlining the fiscal blueprint for the Governor’s “California for All” vision. The proposed budget is demonstrative of Governor Newsom’s focus on California’s youth and health care – both of which align with the California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) mission to increase access to the health, education and quality of life benefits that state parks offer. 

 “In his first budget proposal, Governor Newsom reflects his commitment to investing in the health and well-being of our state and in the future of California’s youth – priorities that are critically linked to our efforts to bring more Californians of all ages to state parks to experience the health and educational benefits they provide. The inclusion of $45.6 million in the proposed budget for deferred parks maintenance is an important step in addressing critical issues to ensure all Californians have access to an excellent state park system,” said Rachel Norton, Executive Director, California State Parks Foundation.

“The nexus between youth, health and parks is clear – parks advance health equity, encourage physical activity and foster mental and physical health – and we look forward to working in partnership with Governor Newsom to ensure our state parks are an integral part of the foundation he is building for California’s future.” 

About California State Parks Foundation

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. 

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Dagny Akeyson

California State Parks Foundation

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