AB 542 (Mathis R)
StatusFailed to advance from Assembly Approporations Committee
Would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to waive the day use entrance fees to a unit of the state park system for any child in the 4th grade, or the 4th grade equivalent, who holds a valid federally issued “Every Kid in a Park” pass, as provided. The bill would require the department to post on its internet website information on how to obtain the federal “Every Kid in a Park” pass, including a hyperlink to the federal program establishing the pass.
Extending the popular and effective "Every Kid Outdoors" National Park pass program to California State Parks has long been a goal of California State Parks Foundation. Appreciation and love for the outdoors is often formed at an early age, and California's 4th graders and their families should be invited and welcomed to our state parks. Our research has found that 57 percent of all Californians live within a state parks visitorshed — which is the communities around each park accessible by a typical walk, bike trip or drive — clearly demonstrating the opportunity for parks to serve as a resource for families.