hdpublicplaces-modThe latest state park to drop off the closure list is Annadel, east of Santa Rosa. The Press Democrat reports Sonoma County supervisors have just approved a one-year deal with the state to take over the five thousand acre reserve. State parks officials are expected to approve the deal by the end of the month.

Annadel State Park (Credit: California Department of Parks & Recreation.)

The deadline to save parks from closure is July 1.

It costs about $278,000 a year to keep Annadel open to hikers, horse riders, cyclists and recreational fishermen. The bill will be covered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation,  by parking fees, and by donations, including $100,000 from local philanthropist Henry Trione. Sonoma’s regional parks agency would manage Annadel, which borders Spring Lake Regional Park.

The deal leaves only one state park in the county on the closure list: Austin Creek in Guerneville.

The Press Democrat says county supervisors worry the state will try to unload Annadel on the county permanently. State parks officials haven’t suggested that … yet. But as the Los Angeles Times points out, it’s something park lovers all over California are worried about. After all, nobody expects this to be the last year the budget looks ugly.

For those of you keeping track of which parks are closing, we still are, at the Google Map we built for our California Report series “On the Rocks.”

View California State Park Closures in a larger map


Rachael Myrow

From KQED’s Silicon Valley Bureau in San Jose, Rachael Myrow covers arts and culture in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. This follows more than seven years hosting KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She still guest hosts for The California Report and Forum, and files for NPR and PRI’s The World. Before KQED, she worked in Los Angeles for Marketplace and KPCC.

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