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

Annadel Deal Brings State Park Closure List to 42 7 May,2014Rachael Myrow


Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts, culture and technology in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She regularly files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious, and guest hosts KQED’s Forum.

Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.

She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
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