California State Parks Foundation pushed the governor and the legislature to invest in our state parks this year through increased funding for equitable access, climate resiliency, and deferred maintenance. Below are 3 budget wins from that advocacy.
So far, California State Parks have granted $57 million to increase the ability of residents in low income urban and rural communities to participate in outdoor experiences at state parks and other public lands. The legislature and governor invested an additional $25 million for the Outdoor Equity Grants Program this year with a commitment for $25 million more for the next two years.
California continues to battle wildfires each fall, and state parks are not immune. To address this challenge, the state allocated $20 million for wildfire resilience activities on California State Parks land.
California State Parks launched the State Parks Library Pass Program so Californians can “check out” a state parks pass to visit state parks at no cost. In recognition of the early success of the program, the state invested $13.5 million to support the State Parks Library Pass Program in partnership with the California State Library. Learn more about California State Parks original advocacy for this innovative pass here.