Assembly Bill 3218 would extend the Millerton Lake State Recreational Area to include the areas of the San Joaquin River Parkway currently managed by the San Joaquin River Conservancy. This would allow for operation and maintenance to be handled by the California Department of Parks and Recreation through the Millerton Lake State Recreation Area.
Opening public lands in the Central Valley for recreation and public access is consistent with the goals of the 2007 Central Valley Vision Summary Report and 2009 Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan, both by the Department of Parks and Recreation. This bill realizes more equitable access to park resources for Valley residents. Compared to other regions of the state, the Valley 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.