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April 8, 2012 (Palomar) – It seems fitting that on Easter Sunday, we got word of a modern-day resurrection.

Rick Barclay chairs a foundation that’s been striving to save Palomar State Park from permanent closure in July, drawing help from many of our readers to fill the budget gap.  Today, he sent East County Magazine the following message of hope: 

The effort to keep Palomar Mountain State Park open is nearing fruition.

The proposal to keep the park open --- crafted by Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park --- has been reviewed and accepted by the Accounting & Budgets Office of the Department of State Parks and Recreation. The final draft of the agreement was returned to CRSPIA, the non-profit parent association of Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park, for signature by CRSPIA president Dave McClure on Saturday April 7. On Monday April 9, the final draft will be returned Sacramento for signature by Ruth Coleman, Director of State Parks. Upon her signature, the agreement will be finalized: Palomar Mountain State Park will be allowed to stay open as long as Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park continues to raise money to close the deficit between the park's revenue and expenses.

Fans of the park who have been putting off making a pledge or donation are encouraged to take advantage of a special opportunity that will end soon soon. Until the agreement is signed by the director of State Parks and becomes final, people who pledge or donate to Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park will receive the honorary designation of "Charter Supporter". After the agreement has been finalized, this category will be closed to new entrants. For more information, visit


For more information, contact:

Rick Barclay

O: 800-513-9962  Cell: 951-265-6385
Chairman - Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park Committee, CRSPIA
Unit Coordinator - Palomar Mountain SP Volunteer Trail Maintenance Unit




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