State Parks’ plan seeks to avoid closures
March 5, 2012
A variety of plans to manage the state park system to avoid widespread closures of California’s 278 facilities has been completed by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) and distributed to lawmakers.
Financial problems plaguing the system still may result in closure of as many as 70 of the parks by July including Morro Strand State Beach in Morro Bay. Legislators will consider options before that date.
Among the proposals presented by LAO, the legislature’s nonpartisan analyst, are (1) transferring ownership of some parks to local governments; (2) eliminating the use of peace officers for certain park tasks; (3) allowing private companies to operate parks; (4) increasing park user fees and shifting toward entrance, rather than parking, fees; (5) incentivizing park districts to more effectively collect user fees; and (6) expanding the use of concessionaire agreements.
Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed an $11 million reduction in budget support this fiscal year.