The population of the Central Valley continues to grow, but access for the public to open spaces is not keeping pace. The Central Valley Vision included plans for new and improved facilities at the 35 existing parks, creation of 11 new state parks, new boating trails, and reliance on partnerships to get it all done. River Partners’ Dos Rios Ranch was even identified as an important future state park.
So, ten years later, how are we doing? Through the economic downturn of 2008 and the drought crisis of 2012-2016, we haven’t made much room in our state budget for this $272 million plan.
With renewed interest in infrastructure under our current administration, perhaps 2018 is the year to make major strides prioritizing investment in our communities where environmental quality improvements are needed most.
Ten years ago, California State Parks laid out a plan to address a critical problem: the Central Valley has fewer parks per capita than any other region of California.