KQED Launches On the Rocks Series to Explore Planned CA State Parks Closing

The historic decision to be covered by KQED Public Radio and KQEDnews.org

San Francisco, March 5, 2012 — Dozens of California State Parks may soon be closed to the public as a result of the state’s continued financial struggles. You can learn more about the possible impact of this historic decision in KQED’s On the Rocks, a special month-long series that begins March 5.

The first segment in the series features an interview with the California State Parks Director Ruth Coleman on The California Report, KQED’s statewide radio news service. Future On the Rocks stories are scheduled to air March 6, as well as March 12, 19, 26 and 27, and will delve into the stories of Hendy Woods, which features two virgin redwood groves; Henry C. Coe Park, where elderly volunteers have raised $1 million to support the park; and Pio Pico, site of the last governor of Mexican California before the American takeover.

The California Report airs on more than 30 radio stations across the state; in northern California it can be heard at 5:50am, 6:50am and 8:50am weekdays on KQED 88.5 FM.

KQED’s coverage of this important issue doesn’t stop with The California Report. The 16 newscasts that air daily on KQED 88.5 FM will feature up-to-the-minute coverage of the planned closing and its impact. You also can find more information on KQEDnews.org, including a map of all the state parks, details about what happens when a park closes and facts about the state parks system.

With series such as On the Rocks, KQED cements its position as the destination for in-depth look at the issues important to the Bay Area community.

“The state park closings would impact a wide range of Californians – from service providers and business operators who depend on the parks for income to state travel and tourism officials hoping for revenue to balance budgets, to families who use the parks regularly for recreation,” said Raul Ramirez, KQED’s executive director of news and public affairs. “On the Rocks reflects our commitment to give Californians news and vital information about the what, the how and the why of issues that affect them every day.”