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Overhauling California's Struggling Park System

Overhauling California's Struggling Park System

How do you turn around California's struggling state parks? Overhaul the whole system.

Before you ask voters for any more money, you need to cut red tape and modernize.

That's the consensus behind new recommendations from the Parks Forward Commission, a panel tasked with getting the system on solid fiscal footing.

Ken Wiseman, with Parks Forward, says it's time to streamline donations from nonprofits and appeal to younger demographics.

"That new customer wants a different experience, doesn't want to spend a lot of money, but doesn't want to sleep on the ground," Wiseman said. 

Intro the new cabin exhibited at the state fair.

There's also a need for some internal tech upgrades. Rangers and staffers still get paid through paper time cards.

The department oversees 280 parks, 3,200 historic buildings and 15,000 campgrounds.

 

 

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