California Department of Parks and Recreation
The Parks Forward Commission (Commission) was appointed by the Secretary of Natural Resources in July 2013 to assess the unique challenges California’s state parks face and help identify solutions to solidify the future of the department that manages them - California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks).
The Commission released its final recommendations on Feb. 6, 2015 in the report “A New Vision for California State Parks”. The Commission’s essential recommendations included the:
Transforming the operations of State Parks Rededication to working with park partners
Expansion of park access for all Californians
In 2014, California celebrated 150 years of its state park system. We reflected on our proud legacy of stewardship. The year also marked the beginning of a transformation of the state park system designed to lead State Parks on a path of long-term sustainability.
In 2015, State Parks developed a plan for reinvigorating the California park experience through a renewed commitment to stewardship of the state’s treasured places and broader engagement of people, partners, businesses and communities. The new path, dubbed “Transformation,” will alter policies, procedures, guidelines, and organizational structures to support an entrepreneurial, service-oriented, creative and collaborative culture within the state park system.
To see the complete Report, charts, progress and plans, go HERE.