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Annadel Deal Brings State Park Closure List to 42

| June 13, 2012
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hdpublicplaces-modThe latest state park to drop off the closure list is Annadel, east of Santa Rosa. The Press Democrat reports Sonoma County supervisors have just approved a one-year deal with the state to take over the five thousand acre reserve. State parks officials are expected to approve the deal by the end of the month.

Annadel State Park (Credit: California Department of Parks & Recreation.)

The deadline to save parks from closure is July 1.

It costs about $278,000 a year to keep Annadel open to hikers, horse riders, cyclists and recreational fishermen. The bill will be covered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation,  by parking fees, and by donations, including $100,000 from local philanthropist Henry Trione. Sonoma’s regional parks agency would manage Annadel, which borders Spring Lake Regional Park.

The deal leaves only one state park in the county on the closure list: Austin Creek in Guerneville.

The Press Democrat says county supervisors worry the state will try to unload Annadel on the county permanently. State parks officials haven’t suggested that … yet. But as the Los Angeles Times points out, it’s something park lovers all over California are worried about. After all, nobody expects this to be the last year the budget looks ugly.

For those of you keeping track of which parks are closing, we still are, at the Google Map we built for our California Report series “On the Rocks.”


View California State Park Closures in a larger map

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Rachael Myrow hosts the California Report for KQED. Over 17 years in public radio, she's worked for Marketplace and KPCC, filed for NPR and The World, and developed a sizable tea collection that's become the envy of the KQED newsroom. She specializes in politics, economics and history in California - but for emotional balance, she also covers food and its relationship to health and happiness. Reach Rachael Myrow at rmyrow@kqed.org.

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