February 12, 1993 |
A high-level Wilson Administration official said Thursday that some state parks may have to be closed or operated by other government entities if further deep cuts are made to balance the state budget. State Parks and Recreation Director Donald Murphy promised that "every innovative and creative" method of saving money will be pursued before parks are considered for closure, which he called a "last resort."
December 14, 1991 |
Falling tax revenues and gross miscalculations of the income projected from fee increases forced state park officials Friday to order substantial reductions in their operations, including the partial closing of 15 historical parks. The unprecedented action--to take effect Jan. 1--came as parks department officials grappled with a potential revenue shortfall of $30.2 million, representing 17.1% of the department's $176.3-million budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1991 |
Officials at three of Orange County's most popular recreation areas--Crystal Cove State Park and Bolsa Chica and Huntington state beaches--are bracing for deep budget cuts that will likely force them to reduce hours of operation, close off some areas and slash services. Officials say they are struggling to find ways to cope with California's financial crisis without jeopardizing the parks' natural resources or making them less enjoyable to the public. "We have to cut personnel.
June 1, 1992 |
California's vast park system, once considered one of the finest in the world, is "falling apart" as drastic fee increases have driven away users and years of neglect have forced it to forgo essential maintenance, a blue-ribbon committee finds in a new report. As summer begins, a financial crisis in the system raises the possibility that many parks could close--some as early as July 1, the height of the visitor season--and others could be forced to operate at reduced hours.