In case you missed this in last Thursday’s Mercury News, the 2,800-acre Santa Cruz Mountains getaway southwest of Cupertino became the 31st park officially saved from the list of 70 parks.

hdpublicplaces-modThe article quotes Ruth Coleman, the head of California’s Department of Parks & Recreation, saying “We are over 30 now. I would expect we can get to 50. My fantasy is to get to 60.”

What did it take? $100,000 from Save the Redwoods League; the Peninsula Open Space Trust; and the Portola & Castle Rock Foundation.

Portola Redwoods (Credit: California Department of Parks & Recreation

Of that, $60,000 will pay for operations, making up the shortfall between the $350,000 annual park budget and the money that would have been lost in entrance fees, camping fees and other revenue had the park closed. Another $40,000 will go to an “enhancement fund” to pay for projects that could bring new money to the park, such as building a new outdoor shelter for weddings and other events, or rehabbing several old cabins that could be rented to campers.

These elements are common to many of the “rescue” deals, as is the stipulation that all the money Portola Redwoods generates over the next year will stay in the park, rather than go to Sacramento.

Next year? That’s right. This deal takes the park through one more fiscal year.

Portola Redwoods State Park Off The List 13 September,2013Rachael Myrow

  • Anonymous

    This is all silly politics.  In the federal budget, $100k is chump change: that’s less than one year of one employee’s generous pension which he’ll get for half their adult life.   It’s what’s spent on two prisoners for a year, incarcerated for mandatory sentencing on drug possession.  It’s less than a tenth of a cent increase in the tax on a pack of cigarettes.  Leave the state parks alone and deal with the real budget issues.


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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