Having access to safe and well-maintained parks at the state and local level increases the quality of life for all California residents. Protecting and increasing access to safe areas for exercise, recreation and the preservation of protected natural and cultural resources is consistent with Californians’ desire to access open spaces and parks as part of their daily lives.
It’s time to reinvest in California’s natural and historic infrastructure – including significant investments into California’s state park system. Decreases in annual operating funding have led to the growth of a deferred maintenance backlog that exceeds $1 billion. Critical repairs are necessary to preserve visitor safety, improve amenities and increase equitable access to state parks.
CSPF supports both of the park bond bills that are currently moving through the Legislature, AB 18 (Garcia) and SB 5 (de León). We strongly support the funding these bonds propose for restoration and preservation of existing state park facilities and units. Those critical funds are sorely needed to help increase, preserve and protect park access to the public, and to preserve and protect the natural, cultural and historical resources of California’s state parks.
Ultimately only one of these bond bills will be delivered to the Governor’s desk for approval before it can be presented to voters in 2018.