While California state parks are public spaces, many people cannot access or experience them. Barriers to park access include lack of transportation, cost of visiting, lack of awareness of parks or the activities they offer, closures, and more. Though we are working to reduce these barriers, this is just the beginning of the effort to ensure that every Californian feels welcome in and can enjoy state parks.
We are working to connect Californians to their state parks.
That sense of belonging is fostered by positive park experiences: relevant programming, welcoming park staff, and amenities that are inclusive and accessible.
First-time park experiences must be positive, with clear signage, navigable trails, clean facilities, and well-preserved natural beauty, encouraging return visits.
Prioritizing equitable access and positive park experiences fosters a diverse constituency that values and preserves state parks for future generations.