Sixty-five of the 70 California state parks marked for closure because of steep spending cuts remained open past the weekend’s deadline thanks to a mix of philanthropic support and a last-minute infusion of government funds, report The Sacramento Bee and the San Francisco Chronicle.
A state budget signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown includes $10-million to preserve 25 facilities that were due to shut down Sunday, while talks continued for local organizations to take over their operations. Forty parks had already been spared as a result of donations and management agreements with foundations, charities, and other private groups.
Legislators approved $41-million to prevent closing the affected parks, but Mr. Brown used a line-item veto to eliminate three-quarters of the allocation.
The 11th-hour budget dealing produced “kind of a mixed bag” for parks, which still need a long-term funding solution, said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California. “We’re very happy the parks are getting a reprieve,” she said, “but the governor has been disappointing on the parks issue.”