SACRAMENTO (KCBS) – Access to many state parks could be limited starting on Wednesday, as reduced hours and services are expected due to a $14 million budget shortfall.

“In many places, those reductions have started already and we’re in the offseason, so the public probably isn’t going to notice a lot right away,” said California State Parks spokesman Roy Stearns. “Like last year, we had some partial closures and some service reductions. We’re not planning any full park closures at this point.”

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Stearns said the cuts are unavoidable following the defeat of Proposition 21, which would have imposed an $18 annual fee per car to benefit parks.

“When it was defeated, it meant that we had to continue working with the same budget that was passed late in September,” said Stearns. “And that budget cut about $14 million out of our budget in a permanent way.”

Stearns said they’re still faced with $1.3 billion in deferred maintenance to fix things like roads and bathrooms.

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Comments (4)
  1. Anthony says:

    This is a crying shame as our connection to nature is paramount in our newfound quest for “greener” technologies. Incorporating nature hikes and outings for our youth is going to be one of the only ways to get future generations to take the necessary steps to repair the damage that our previous generations are leaving as their legacy and that is going to be less possible if the access to our state parks is reduced or eliminated.

    A CRYING SHAME ppl aren’t willing to shell out a measley $18 a year when they seem to be so willing to spend $3-$5 A DAY for their coffee “fix”. Just my $0.02…

  2. Fred Newcombe says:

    So you want to tax everyone for your usage of the parks. Wrong Wrong Wrong.

  3. Jonathan Glass says:

    Liz Burko, Superintendent for the Russian River District of State Parks calls LandPaths’ “People Powered Parks” program “the armor against the budget ax.” Through this program, park users-turned-stewards have kept over 5400 acres in Sonoma County open to the public.

    See our website for more details on how “people power” can be part of the solution:–Care-for-our-Public-Lands-in-Budget-Lean-Times/

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