On May 6th, 135 state park supporters joined CSPF in Sacramento for our 12th Annual Park Advocacy Day, and spent the day learning about important state park issues, and lobbying legislators in support of California’s 280 state parks.
Participants in this year’s event came from over 105 different cities from throughout California and representatives from over 90 organizations were in attendance!
As usual, Park Advocacy Day was a busy but rewarding day for participants. In the morning, Parks Forward Co‐Chair Senator Christine Kehoe (ret.) spoke to park advocates about the Parks Forward Initiative and the recently released draft report from the Parks Forward Commission.
Later, CSPF presented our 2014 Legacy Award to Senator Kevin de León in recognition of his long-standing work protecting and advocating for California’s state parks.
Following the presentation of the Legacy Award to Senator de León, advocates headed over to the Capitol for our “California’s State Parks are Great Places” expo.
The expo featured booths related to themes from CSPF’s “California’s State Parks are Great Places” campaign and were graciously staffed by the following organizations:
|Great Places Theme||State Park||Participating Organization|
|Be Among Giants||Henry Cowell Redwoods SP||Mountain Parks Foundation|
|See a Star||Sugarloaf Ridge SP||Valley of the Moon Observatory Association|
|Time Travel||Benicia Capitol SHP||Benicia State Parks Association|
|Break a leg||Mount Tamalpais SP||Mountain Play Association|
|Float Your Boat||Salton Sea SRA||Friends of the Salton Sea State Recreation Area|
|Tie the Knot||Jack London SHP||Valley of the Moon Natural History Association|
|Be Festive||Fort Ross SHP||Fort Ross Conservancy|
|Go the Distance||China Camp SP||Sustainable Sports Foundation|
|Go the Distance||Donner Memorial SP, Kings Beach SRA||Big Blue Adventure Company|
Hundreds of people participated in the expo and learned more about some of the great things going on in California’s state parks. Participants enjoyed the expo activities such as solar astronomy and old-fashioned butter churning, as well as live music and talks.
Following the expo, advocates split into small teams to meet with legislative offices at the Capitol, where they spent the majority of the afternoon. Collectively, park advocates met with 116 legislative offices during Park Advocacy Day!
During their meetings, year advocates called on policymakers to:
- Make parks relevant, welcoming, and enticing to new visitors – especially new generations of Californians.
- Continue the moratorium on park closures and address factors that lead to partial closures and service reductions across the system.
- Support renovation and modernization of state park infrastructure in order to have a bright future for another 150 years.
- Visit state parks!
When park advocates had finished with their meetings with legislators, they gathered together again one last time to hear from a robust panel of legislators including Senator Noreen Evans, Senator Fran Pavley, Assemblymember Ian Calderon, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez and Assemblymember Mark Stone. DPR Director Major General Anthony Jackson also addressed the crowd following the legislative panel.
Thank you to all of our 2014 Park Advocates for participating and helping to send a powerful message of support!
For more information on Park Advocacy Day, please contact our Sacramento office at 916-442-2119.