Park Partnership Grants

In the spring of 2012, when 70 parks were facing imminent closure, CSPF awarded $1.2 million through four rounds of Park Partnership Grants to assist nonprofit and governmental organizations that stepped forward to make certain our state parks would remain open and accessible to the public.

CSPF applauds the efforts of grantee organizations, and their dedicated staff and volunteers who work tirelessly on behalf of state parks. Some grant recipients have taken over direct operation of entire parks. Other grantees have repaired foot bridges, installed barbeque grills in campgrounds, renovated dilapidated bathrooms, opened new trails and posted new trail signage, upgraded plumbing, cleared out hazardous trees and brush, re-opened visitor centers and launched new interpretive, educational and stewardship programs to bring visitors into our parks. We are proud to be a partner in their important work.

Round 4 August 2014

Angel Island Conservancy
$20,000 for design for an orientation hub/visitor center
State Park: Angel Island State Park

Central Coast State Parks Association
$20,000 for the restoration of the historic Spooner Ranch House
State Park: Montaña de Oro State Park

Coastside State Parks Association
$20,000 for a camping feasibility study at Green Valley
State Parks: Grey Whale Cove State Beach and Montara State Beach

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association
$2,500 to upgrade volunteer facilities at Cedar Grove
State Park: Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Friends of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area
$7,000 for a shade structure on the playground
State Park(s): Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Mendocino Area Parks Association*
$30,000 for a bridge replacement, bathroom improvements and construction of new camp host site
State Park: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area Project

Napa Valley State Parks Association
$10,000 for the rehabilitation of the Pioneer Cemetery
State Park: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association
$8,000 for upgrades to the marine science interpretive exhibit
State Park: Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

Portola and Castle Rock Foundation
$25,000 for the reconstruction of a Ramada
State Park: Portola Redwoods State Park

Sonoma Ecology Center*
$30,000 for the expansion of education programs
State Park: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods*
$30,000 for park operation and maintenance, including cultural and natural resources management, recreation, interpretation and education, marketing and revenue generation
State Park(s): Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Valley of the Moon Natural History Association*
$30,000 to modernize displays and interactive activities utilizing new technologies, development of park signage, interpretive panels and education materials
State Park(s): Jack London State Historic Park

*AB 42 nonprofit park operator

Round 3 July 2013

Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association
$6,000 for electricity and water costs, security alarm and portable toilets
State Park: Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

Benicia State Parks Association
$20,000 for education and events, implement a hands-on living history activity and addresses deferred maintenance needs
State Park: Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

Central Coast State Parks Association
$20,000 for conversion of trailer into visitor and interpretive center
State Park: Morro Strand State Beach

Ide Adobe Interpretive Association
$5,000 for a park interpreter
State Park: William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park

Marin State Parks Association*
$30,000 for deferred maintenance, revenue generation and improved visitor experience projects and interpretive programs
State Parks: Olompali State Historic Park and Tomales Bay State Park

Mendocino Area Parks Association*
$40,000 for equipment purchases and campground and facilities improvements
State Park: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

Napa Valley State Parks Association
$35,000 for major repairs to the visitor center
State Parks: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

Plumas Eureka State Park Association
$15,000 for campground bathroom repairs
State Park: Plumas-Eureka State Park

Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association
$5,000 to support cave tours, re-open of the Visitor Center and trail repair and maintenance
State Park: Saddleback Butte State Park

Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association
$5,000 for plumbing infrastructure and repairs
State Park: Providence Mountain State Recreation Area

Sea and Desert Interpretive Association
$20,000 for development of a group campsite, screened in porch for interpretive programs, fire ring and water lines
State Park: Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Shasta Historical Society
$15,000 for environmental studies interpretation school program for 3rd and 4th graders in Shasta County
State Park: Shasta State Historic Park

Sonoma Ecology Center*
$40,000 for the installation of automatic pay stations, park marketing materials, new park signage, maps and educational programs
State Park: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

South Yuba River Citizens League
$4,000 for the evaluation of solar power system options at the park
State Park: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods*
$40,000 for staffing for stewardship programs, purchase of a storage container for equipment, interpretation and education programs and a marketing plan
State Park: Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Valley of the Moon Natural History Association*
$35,000 for the development of audio tours, a new vocational training program for at-risk youth and a strategic marketing and business plan
State Park: Jack London State Historic Park

Weaverville Joss House Association
$15,000 for the development a docent program and interpretive materials
State Park: Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

*AB 42 nonprofit park operator

Round 2 July 2012

Benicia State Parks Association
$45,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

Friends of Pio Pico
$10,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Pio Pico State Historic Park

Mendocino Area Parks Association*
$45,000 for equipment, support salaries and other operational costs
State Park: Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

Plumas Eureka State Park Association
$15,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Plumas-Eureka State Park

Poppy Reserve/Mojave Desert Interpretive Association
$10,000 for seed money for a fundraising campaign to keep the park open
State Park: Saddleback Butte State Park

Shasta Historical Society
$19,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Shasta State Historic Park

South Yuba River Citizens League
$25,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

Weaverville Joss House Association
$10,520 for operation costs to keep the park open, educational and living history programs and annual events
State Park: Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park

*AB 42 nonprofit park operator

Round 1 May 2012

Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association
$5,450 for restrooms and utilities expenses
State Park: Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

Anderson Valley Community Services District for Hendy Woods Community
$25,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Hendy Woods State Park

California Department of Parks and Recreation
$7,136 for restroom maintenance
State Park: Greenwood State Beach (Elk Visitor Center)

California Department of Parks and Recreation
$150,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Los Encinos State Historic Park

California Department of Parks and Recreation
$9,500 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Jughandle State Beach

California Department of Parks and Recreation
$21,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association for Friends of Palomar
$20,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Park: Palomar Mountain State Park

East Merced Resource Conservation District
$20,000 for operation costs to keep the park open
State Parks: George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area and McConnell State Recreation Area

Ide Adobe Interpretive Association
$20,000 to support the Visitor Center and continuation of educational interpretive programs
State Park: William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park

Marin State Parks Association for Friends of China Camp*
$50,000 for seed money for a fundraising campaign and capitol and revenue generating improvements
State Park: China Camp State Park

Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District
$26,000 for installation of yurts and cabin repairs
State Parks: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

Sea and Desert Interpretive Association
$15,000 for seed money for a fundraising campaign to keep the park open
State Park: Salton Sea State Recreation Area

Sonoma Ecology Center*
$54,000 to support start-up and operational costs associated with the first year of operations
State Park: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods*
$56,000 to support first year park operations costs of salaries, equipment and supplies
State Park: Austin Creek State Recreation Area

Valley of the Moon Natural History Association*
$20,000 to support equipment costs, revenue collection technology and volunteer materials
State Park: Jack London State Historic Park

*AB 42 nonprofit park operator

California State Parks Foundation

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