Parks Money Still Sought

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 20, 2006

Despite some successes, such as the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, which opened in Sacramento last year, the state park system isn’t at its best.  At least, that’s according to Elizabeth Goldstein, who heads the California State Parks Foundation.  She says under-funding and development in parks are key concerns:

 “There’s also a series of threats from encroaching development and actually proposals to build things like roads and transportation systems actually inside parks.”

Goldstein says maintenance needs have piled up to the tune of 900 million dollars….and there’s another 1.2 billion in capitol needs:  new visitor centers, new land and restoration.  She says they’re asking for the 900 million in a state bond measure.  However, some lawmakers have said parks shouldn’t be included in the infrastructure bond plan.