Which parks to visit in the last week before shutdown?


Posted by on Sun, August 30, 2009


We have about a week before the state of California closes about 100 parks for a year or more. That is about 1/3 of the parks in California. The list is suppose to be released Tuesday 8 September.

Given that this is possibly your last chance, which parks/sites in the parks, would you chose to visit in these last few days? I’d like to start a discussion of ideas, especially for coastside/peninsula area parks (note that I do not know which will be closed and which will stay open).

HMB State Beaches?
Big Basin?
Burleigh Murray?
Pigeon Point?
Henry Cowell Redwoods?
Nisene Marks?
Portola Redwoods?
Coe? (this one is very likely to be shut down)
Fremont Peak? (I have heard that this one will be shutdown)
Big Sur?
Pfeiffer Burns?
Point Lobos?
Natural Bridges?
Santa Cruz Beaches?
Castle Rock?
Mount Diablo?
Angel Island?
Tomales Bay?
Ano Nuevo?
And many more.

Thank you


(and yes, I do donate money to help the parks)

Comment 1
Thu, September 3, 2009 5:52am
Jim Sullivan
All my comments

For Me+family,
Burleigh Murray,
When I’m on my own, Portola Redwoods+Butano St Parks.
The family likes the old bldngs at Burleigh Murray,
I’m more of a remote, Majestic Redwoods kinda outsider.
Mt Biking on the Old Haul Rd through Pescadero Crk Co. Park, Portola Redwoods, to Big Basin, is a 2x a year must do for myself.
It’s almost impossible for us to process any of these area’s gated.

Comment 2
Thu, September 3, 2009 10:18am
Carl May
All my comments

Still no official closure list as of 9/2—just more of the political game in which state parks, with their comparatively piddly costs, are being used as pawns.

For many years there has been a combine of anti-park politicians and corporate interests that wishes to exploit park resources—logging, mining, water, etc.—or sell them off outright to the private sector—imagine the property value of some of the coastal parks. These are the people who boost the idea that parks should pay for themselves with user fees, a ridiculous notion when one considers that the same economic interests readily accept below market use fees and government subsidies for their commercial activities on other state and federal property and that they don’t apply the same self-support requirement to other state agencies.

Not only should our state parks be kept open for public use, they should be free to users.

Comment 3
Thu, September 3, 2009 10:29am
Barry Parr
All my comments

I think this is clearly part of the reasoning behind this: provoke a crisis and force the parks to look for “public-private partnerships” to cover their costs.  The Presidio is a template for this.

I also wonder if it’s a continuing tantrum from the governor over the state parks board’s unwillingness to support building a highway through a park: