A New Vision for California State Parks: Recommendations of the Parks Forward Initiative

Feb 1, 2015

The Parks Forward Commission completed a thorough evaluation of state parks, gathering input from Department of Parks and Recreation staff, stakeholders, and the public about the challenges facing state parks today and in the future. The Commission's final recommendations call for a fundamental transformation of the Department, a rededication to working with park partners, and expansion of park access for all Californians. The Commissioners set forth an ambitious 2025 vision of a reinvigorated California park experience through a new park model that calls for collaborative park management and broad engagement of people, partners, businesses, and communities. The plan sets forth tangible steps for the Department and park partners to take in the next ten years to implement the recommendations and achieve the Commission's 2025 park vision, including a set of two-year implementation priorities.