Public invited to comment on California parks reform

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014 - 3:05 pm

A special commission created last year to help reform California’s state parks system will hold a public workshop in Sacramento Thursday.

The Parks Forward Commission aims to develop a long-term plan to make the California Department of Parks and Recreation both financially stable and culturally relevant. It arose following a series of Sacramento Bee articles that exposed financial misdeeds in the department and led to a leadership change in the agency.

The commission was created at the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration; its 12-member board operates independently with nonprofit funding.

By fall, the commission aims to adopt a final set of recommendations for the long-term management of state parks. A draft plan was released recently on the commission’s website,, and the public is invited to learn about and comment on the plan at the Thursday workshop.

The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Capitol Plaza Ballroom, 1025 Ninth Street, third floor, in Sacramento. The meeting will also be webcast live at

For more information, call the commission at (916) 653-7075.

Call The Bee’s Matt Weiser at (916) 321-1264. Follow him on Twitter @matt_weiser.

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