On June 15, the California Legislature passed a $122 billion state budget that includes important funding for California’s state park system including $60 million to address deferred maintenance issues in state parks. California’s state park system currently has a deferred maintenance backlog estimated at over $1.2 billion, so this funding is a positive step forward in addressing this critical issue. 

The budget also provides funding for specific state park improvements, including:  

  • Restoration of a key historic building at the US Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park which will soon house a new Pacific Coast Immigration Center
  • Replacing outdated and expensive diesel generators with solar power at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
  • Planning for campground relocation and wetlands restoration at McGrath State Beach
  • Construction of new lifeguard facility at El Capitan State Beach
  • Launching a community liaison pilot program at Candlestick State Recreation Area and Los Angeles State Historic Park to create new culturally relevant, interpretive, and environmental programming

There are many other projects included in the budget. To see a full list of the projects specifically funded in the budget, you can access the Budget Act of 2016 and search ”state park”. 

Use form below to send a message to Governor Brown, urging him to include this funding for state parks when he signs the state budget. 

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Support State Park Funding

Dear Governor Brown,

As a strong supporter of California's 280 state parks, I urge you to sign the FY 2016-17 State Budget that was recently passed by the Legislature, and include funding for state parks.



Funding California's state parks protects important natural and cultural resources, creates opportunity for outdoor access for all Californians and drives economic activity for local economies. I urge your support.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

California State Parks Foundation

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