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Equitable Access

AB 2346 — Outdoor recreation: Equitable Access Grant Program by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel of the San Fernando Valley

Status

Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife

Our Position

Support

This legislation creates the Equitable Access Grant Program to enhance park access for all ages, extend outdoor education, and develop career pathways outdoors. 

Position Statement

In 2021, the Youth Community Access program received $65.2 million in funding requests, 5 times the amount the program could give out. This legislation will provide funding to local jurisdictions and nonprofits to implement programs that enhance park access for all ages, extend outdoor education, and develop career pathways outdoors. California State Parks Foundation supports this legislation because it reduces barriers and expands access to parks so that all Californians have equitable access to the positive impact of parks. 

AB 2128 — State parks: California Admission Day: discounted admission authored by Assemblymember Cooley of Rancho Cordova

Status

Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife

Our Position

Support

This legislation creates a 50% discount upon entry to California State Parks on California Admission Day, which takes place every year on September 9. 

Position Statement

60% of the state’s severely disadvantaged households live within a walk, bike ride, or drive from a California state park. California State Parks Foundation supports this legislation because it reduces barriers to parks so that all Californians have access to the positive impact parks have on health, happiness, and quality of life. 

AB 30 — Parks: access to nature by Assemblymember Ash Kalra of San Jose

Status

Senate Rules

Our Position

Support

This bill makes it the policy of the state of California that all Californians have safe and affordable access to nature and access to the benefits of nature when making budget and infrastructure decisions. 

Position Statement

California State Parks Foundation has long held that access to nature is an essential need for every Californian. Our parks — mountains, lakes, beaches, rivers, and deserts — provide spaces that support mental and physical health, time with loved ones, and other essential experiences. Indeed, recent polling indicates that 85 percent of Californians say that visiting state parks and beaches are an important part of everyday life. Low income people are more likely to encounter barriers to visiting parks, like entry fees or lack of transportation.