One by one, some of the 70 California state parks slated to close in July are quietly being spared in the short term as nonprofits and other agencies raise their hands to take over their operation.
In April, five more parks, including writer Jack London's home and the remaining building of the Santa Cruz Mission, circa 1791, came off the list of closures announced last year as part of a $22-million cost-cutting measure by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
The five join 11 others, including popular Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve near the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park and McGrath State Beach in Ventura, which earlier had been allowed to remain open after finding partners or extra funding.
Nineteen more parks are in the middle of negotiating partnership agreements, according to the agency. Talks are afoot to keep open Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park in Simi Valley, Pio Pico State Historic Park in Whittier, Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino and Palomar Mountain State Park.