STATEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS FOUNDATION ON PROPOSED 2019-20 CALIFORNIA STATE BUDGET

Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom submitted his 2019-20 California state budget proposal to the Legislature today, outlining the fiscal blueprint for the Governor’s “California for All” vision. The proposed budget is demonstrative of Governor Newsom’s focus on California’s youth and health care – both of which align with the California State Parks Foundation’s (CSPF) mission to increase access to the health, education and quality of life benefits that state parks offer. 

 “In his first budget proposal, Governor Newsom reflects his commitment to investing in the health and well-being of our state and in the future of California’s youth – priorities that are critically linked to our efforts to bring more Californians of all ages to state parks to experience the health and educational benefits they provide. The inclusion of $45.6 million in the proposed budget for deferred parks maintenance is an important step in addressing critical issues to ensure all Californians have access to an excellent state park system,” said Rachel Norton, Executive Director, California State Parks Foundation.

“The nexus between youth, health and parks is clear – parks advance health equity, encourage physical activity and foster mental and physical health – and we look forward to working in partnership with Governor Newsom to ensure our state parks are an integral part of the foundation he is building for California’s future.”