MOST STATE PARKS SAVED—INCLUDING BOTH IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY THAT WERE ON CLOSURE LIST

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June 28, 2012 (Sacramento)—At least 65 of the 70 state parks slated for permanent closure on July 1 will remain open—even though Governor Jerry Brown made a line-item veto to cut $31 million of the $41 million in funds earmarked to keep parks open.

Fortunately, the Department of Parks and Recreation made deals with private donors, foundations and nonprofits to keep operating 40 parks and has since found outside partners interested in saving 25 more.  That includes both Palomar Mountain State Park and the San Pasqual Battlefield State Park in San Diego County. 

According to an article in today’s Sacramento Bee, the five parks still slated for closure, unless donors come forward to protect them, are:  Benicia State Recreation Area, the California Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa, Gray Whale Cove State Beach near Montara, Zmudowski State Beach near Moss Landing, and Providence Mountains State Recreation Area in San Bernadino County.

Read more on this issue at http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2012/06/nearly-all-california-state-parks-to-avoid-closure---for-now.html