STATEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

February 19, 2020

Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom today delivered his State of the State address, outlining his vision for a California Dream for every resident. Today’s remarks were dedicated to the state’s most vulnerable populations as the Governor focused on expanding resources to address homelessness, the housing crisis and access to health care, with an emphasis on whole person care – a priority that directly aligns with California State Parks Foundation’s recent initiative, Pathways to Parks. Launched in partnership with the Office of the First Partner, Pathways to Parks is working to improve health outcomes for all Californians by increasing access to the mental and physical health benefits green spaces provide. 

Rachel Norton, California State Parks Foundation Executive Director, offered the following statement on today’s speech:

“Like Governor Newsom, we are dedicated to building a California Dream for the many, not the few and firmly believe that parks and the proven mental and physical health benefits they provide are an integral part of this vision,” said Rachel Norton, Executive Director of California State Parks Foundation. “With more than half of the state’s disadvantaged communities living near a state park, green spaces have the potential to serve as a public health solution for California’s most vulnerable populations. We look forward to a continued partnership with this administration and driving forward policies and solutions through our Pathways to Parks initiative that propel the Governor’s ‘California for All’ vision.”