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Whatever it Takes: City of Benicia Pays Calif. to Keep State Park Maintained

| July 13, 2012
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hdpublicplaces-modAfter a wee bit of wrangling, the city of Benicia has proposed an 11-month donor agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the Benicia State Recreation Area maintained. As previously noted in this space, no state parks are closing, but many are in various states of repair. Enter ye at your own risk, so to speak.

Benicia State Recreation Area (Michael Olsen/Flickr)

Benicia State Recreation Area (Michael Olsen/Flickr)

In Benicia, the city has agreed to pay the state $15,500 for water service, trash pickup, and some restroom maintenance.

“It is not much but it is better than nothing!” writes Bob Berman, VP of the Benicia State Parks Association. “Hopefully the City and State can resolve the liability issue and there can be a more comprehensive agreement.”

The liability question? That was an issue I explored on the California Report a couple of weeks ago; we’ll keep you posted.

In other, mildly related news…

This week, Google announced that new panoramic imagery from five of California’s national parks is now available via Google Street View, so that you can now take a virtual hike through Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, and Yosemite.

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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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