Month: March 2011

Private Operation a Potential Alternative to Closures in California


Two California lawmakers are seeking answers concerning a list of state park closures that has yet to be released. Sen. Tom Harman, R-Huntington Beach, and Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, want State Parks Director Ruth Coleman to provide information on what options are being explored to avoid expected closures.

Nielsen told KCRA Thursday he believes there is a path that could avoid park closures altogether.

“Public-private partnerships are but another consideration to assure that our parks are open and well-maintained,” said Nielsen. “There are even a lot of things local governments can do, some of which might want to take over the parks themselves.”

Parks spokesman Roy Stearns said that public-private partnerships are one option being considered