On June 5, California voters passed Proposition 68 – the result of last year's legislative victory passing Senate Bill 5 (de León). This bond is the largest investment in natural resources and underserved communities in California history.
Thank you for joining us to support Proposition 68! These much-needed bond funds will help increase park access, and preserve and protect the natural, cultural and historical resources in California's state parks. An investment for our parks and for the state, this bond will benefit our communities now and in the future through increased access to public spaces and recreational opportunities, clean water supplies, drought protection, climate change preparedness, preserved wildlife habitats, cultural and historical preservation and more.
CSPF worked with conservation nonprofits, and community organizations to encourage local engagement and to ensure voters approve Proposition 68. With your support, our parks will benefit from critical repairs and improvements so that all Californians will be able to enjoy the natural resources and cultural treasures in our state parks.
Now is the time to invest in California's natural and historic infrastructure – including significant investments into California's state park system. It has been 15 years since California voters approved the last substantive park bond. As you know, with an aging state park infrastructure, our parks continue to need critical repairs to keep them available and well maintained now and into the future. At the same time, funding for amenities and improvements in parks that will attract new and diverse visitors to state parks is also sorely needed.
Decreased and unpredictable annual operating funding has left the state parks system with a more than $1 billion backlog in deferred maintenance needs. Additionally, it is critical to look more prospectively and creatively at the facilities, accommodations, and physical park needs that should be addressed to make the system more accessible and available for all Californians.
Summary of Funding Categories for California State Parks
The $218 million specifically for state parks will address deferred park maintenance, provide necessary funding for natural resources protection and restoration, and allow for repairs and improvements that will help facilitate better visitor experiences now and in the future. Some specific funding categories include:
Important Other Funding Categories
Safe Parks for Every Child
Improving Resilience to Climate Change
Protecting Coast, Beaches, Bays, and Oceans
Promoting Recreation and Tourism and Supporting Conservation Jobs