Friday, May 13, 2011

Will Closures Of State Parks In California Increase Visitation and Demands on National Parks

This is from the LA Times today:

70 state parks targeted for closure, Brown administration says

Los Angeles Times | May 13, 2011 | 12:40 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said today that dozens of state parks could close as part of the effort to reduce the state deficit.

The parks include the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Palomar Mountain State Park in San Diego County, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco, Tomales Bay State Park north of San Francisco, Point Cabrillo Light Station in Mendocino and more than 60 other properties.

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Californians are known as lovers of the outdoors and their parks.  Should these parks close would this result in  higher numbers of people going to National Parks within the state?

1 comment:

  1. That's a great question. I look at the possible reasons for choosing one place over another--price, location, activities--and see how sometimes one would avoid a state park. But we go to Joshua Tree because it's cheaper ( we use our America the Beautiful pass and camp without hookups), and go to Lake Perris St. Rec. Area because we can fish and have hookups. We go to Mohave National Preserve because it's totally free, and then go to Anza-Borrego St. Park because it's got a campground with hookups and thousands of miles of jeep trails. The state parks targeted for closure are the "underperforming" ones anyway--the ones that draw the bikers and campers and surfers are going to remain open. They generate a profit, so it's not a good idea to close them. In my opinion, then, I don't think the pending state park closures will have much of an effect on visitation to the national parks.