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(MAPA) Mendocino Area Parks Association fighting to keep seven local state parks open

As I pass a full parking lot of cars at the favorite Jughandle State Reserve and then crossing the Jughandle Bridge, looking down at the beach and seeing a lot of beach goers enjoying the day, I am reminded that Jughandle State Reserve is one of seven state parks that is scheduled to close by July 2012, here in Mendocino County. The news of Friday, May 13 was also the first official full day of the conference when statewide non-profits who support parks and California State Park staff were gathered in Mendocino, to discuss the theme of being “Key Partners for the Future”. The initial disappointment when hearing the news soon shifted to determination to reshape a positive outcome for the people’s parks, our parks. Out of the 70 State Parks slated for permanent closure, Mendocino has 7 of them, which is 10% of the closed parks! 6 of of the 7 parks are on the Mendocino coastline and Hendy Woods State Park with its towering virgin Redwood Groves is only 40 minutes east of the coastline on Highway 128. The 7 that are scheduled to close is:
  1. Westport-Union Landing
  2. Jughandle State Reserve
  3. Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
  4. Russian Gulch State Park
  5. Elk/Greenwood State Beach
  6. Manchester State Park
  7. Hendy Woods State Park
MAPA along with Kevin Williams from Point Cabrillo, are attending the Save Our State Parks rally in Sacramento, June 21st, as representatives of the 7 state parks slated for closure. They will also be meeting with our legislators. They hope to discuss what kind of support they can give all of us who come together in partnership to keep our parks open on a partially-managed/operated (with assistance from parks) We would like to thank Kevin Williams and the Mendocino Area Parks Association for trying to Save Our Parks.
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