Parks Forward

is an exciting initiative designed to bring out the very best in the California State Park system. Beginning the summer of 2013, an independent commission made up of experts, advocates and thought-leaders began a wholesale assessment of the park system. This independent process was designed to address the financial, operational, and cultural challenges facing state parks to ensure the system’s long-term viability. On January 30, 2015, the Parks Forward Commission released its Final Recommendations for a long-term plan for state parks that meets the needs of all Californians, now and in the future. To view the Final Recommendations, click here.