STATEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION ON ASSEMBLY PASSAGE OF CRITICAL PARKS ACCESS BILLS

Sacramento, CA – The California Assembly Appropriations Committee has advanced two parks access bills to the Senate, AB 209 (Limon) and AB 556 (Carrillo). The bills’ passage through the Assembly is a critical step in addressing the barriers to access that impact many of our state’s underserved communities. Both bills establish programs that will work to ensure that every Californian, especially youth, can experience the health and wellness benefits that our more than 280 state parks provide. In early May, park advocates from across the state spoke with legislators about the importance of both bills during the California State Parks Foundation’s Advocacy Day.

In response to the bills’ progress Rachel Norton, California State Parks Foundation Executive Director, offered the following statement:

“The Assembly’s passage of AB 209 and AB 556 is a major step forward on legislation that will increase access to parks for every Californian.”

“Our parks are more than just green spaces – they advance health equity in our communities, serving as local hubs where individuals and families can enjoy physical activities, establish peace of mind, explore and learn about science and nature. We urge the continued momentum behind and action on solutions like AB 209 and AB 556 that work to build a California where access to parks is not a luxury but a fundamental right for all.”