Pathways to Parks

State parks belong to all Californians, and it’s up to us to break down barriers and build stronger accessibility to parks. The reality is that too many Californians, especially those from disadvantaged communities, are not afforded the opportunity to experience the wonders in their own backyard. We believe that equitable access to the benefits state parks provide is a right for all Californians – especially youth, who should be able to access state parks as incredible playgrounds and places to explore, learn, grow, and improve their overall wellness.

Additionally, the future of our unparalleled state parks system is at risk. We know that our state parks are only as strong as the people who care for them and protect them from real and potential threats. Current state park visitors are incredible champions today, but we must work  to ensure that we foster tomorrow’s champions by increasing state park access for youth and their families.

In response to these issues, we will be launching Pathways to Parks, a campaign that will introduce and advocate for solutions that increase equitable access to the outdoors. 

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Policy Platform
Access. Health. Equity. 
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State parks: A valuable resource for youth health
Parks are a clear public health solution: new research demonstrates why equal access to the health and wellness benefits parks provide should be a right for all Californians.  
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Our Impact

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Number of state leaders and park advocates who attended the Pathways to Parks Policy Forum

I am excited to announce that the Office of the First Partner will be partnering with the State Parks Foundation, and with all of you -- on their new campaign, Pathways to Parks

Jennifer Siebel Newsom
California's First Partner