Public input wanted on future of State Parks

dsneed@thetribunenews.comSeptember 1, 2013 

Central Coast residents will have an early opportunity to weigh in on an initiative underway to chart the future of California State Parks.

The department is holding a series of public workshops on the Parks Forward Initiative, an effort to gather ideas about how to improve efficiency, create financial sustainability and better leverage partnerships within State Parks.

One of these workshops will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Sept. 11 at the City Library, 995 Palm St., San Luis Obispo. Meetings in September are also scheduled for Santa Cruz and Fresno and will be conducted in other parts of the state in October.

The initiative was begun in June and is intended to be a top-to-bottom evaluation of ways to improve and sustain the state’s underfunded parks system. A 12-person Parks Forward Commission has also been established.

The Parks Forward Commission is expected to present its final findings and recommendations to the governor and Legislature in fall 2014.

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