CA State Park Closures

27 Jun

With an enormous budget deficit drying up the state’s coffers, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed cuts of $22 million to parks across California. Seventy parks were scheduled to close by July 1st, but many park goers up and down the coast have spoken out against the closures. While each park faces its own problems, many are coming up with their own solutions. In Silicon Valley, Coe Park in Morgan Hill has been saved by philantropist Dan McCranie of Palo Alto. (Read more about the Coe Park story here).


Others are not so lucky, as a number of parks are still scheduled to close sat least temporarily this Saturday, July 1st. In the meantime, the status of each individual park remains uncertain.

Although I have to say I was happy to find that my favorite park by my house at home (Briones) wasn’t going to close, probably due to its funding and classification as a regional, rather than state park, I was quite sad to see some of my San Diego favorites on the list. Palomar Mountain and Cabrillo are both scheduled to close!

Palomar Mountain

To find out more about the state of the state parks, and to learn what you can do, check out the Sacramento Bee’s feature.

Here is a complete list of the parks scheduled to close:

  • Anderson Marsh SHP
  • Annadel SP
  • Antelope Valley Indian Museum
  • Austin Creek SRA
  • Bale Grist Mill SHP
  • Benbow Lake SRA
  • Benicia Capitol SHP
  • Benicia SRA
  • Bidwell Mansion SHP
  • Bothe-Napa Valley SP
  • Brannan Island SRA
  • California Mining & Mineral Museum
  • Candlestick Point SRA
  • Castle Crags SP
  • Castle Rock SP
  • China Camp SP
  • Colusa-Sacramento River SRA
  • Del Norte Coast Redwoods SP
  • Fort Humboldt SHP
  • Fort Tejon SHP
  • Garrapata SP
  • George J. Hatfield SRA
  • Governor’s Mansion SHP
  • Gray Whale Cove SB
  • Greenwood SB
  • Grizzly Creek Redwoods SP
  • Hendy Woods SP
  • Henry W. Coe SP
  • Jack London SHP
  • Jug Handle SNR
  • Leland Stanford Mansion SHP
  • Limekiln SP
  • Los Encinos SHP
  • Malakoff Diggins SHP
  • Manchester SP
  • McConnell SRA
  • McGrath SB
  • Mono Lake Tufa SNR
  • Morro Strand SB
  • Moss Landing SB
  • Olompali SHP
  • Palomar Mountain SP
  • Petaluma Adobe SHP
  • Picacho SRA
  • Pio Pico SHP
  • Plumas-Eureka SP
  • Point Cabrillo Light Station
  • Portola Redwoods SP
  • Providence Mountains SRA
  • Railtown 1897 SHP
  • Russian Gulch SP
  • Saddleback Butte SP
  • Salton Sea SRA
  • Samuel P. Taylor SP
  • San Pasqual Battlefield SHP
  • Santa Cruz Mission SHP
  • Santa Susana Pass SHP
  • Shasta SHP
  • South Yuba River SP
  • Standish-Hickey SRA
  • Sugarloaf Ridge SP
  • Tomales Bay SP
  • Tule Elk SNR
  • Turlock Lake SRA
  • Twin Lakes SB
  • Weaverville Joss House SHP
  • Westport-Union Landing SB
  • William B. Ide Adobe SHP
  • Woodson Bridge SRA
  • Zmudowski SB

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