hdpublicplaces-modAfter a wee bit of wrangling, the city of Benicia has proposed an 11-month donor agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the Benicia State Recreation Area maintained. As previously noted in this space, no state parks are closing, but many are in various states of repair. Enter ye at your own risk, so to speak.

Benicia State Recreation Area (Michael Olsen/Flickr)
Benicia State Recreation Area (Michael Olsen/Flickr)

In Benicia, the city has agreed to pay the state $15,500 for water service, trash pickup, and some restroom maintenance.

“It is not much but it is better than nothing!” writes Bob Berman, VP of the Benicia State Parks Association. “Hopefully the City and State can resolve the liability issue and there can be a more comprehensive agreement.”

The liability question? That was an issue I explored on the California Report a couple of weeks ago; we’ll keep you posted.

In other, mildly related news…

This week, Google announced that new panoramic imagery from five of California’s national parks is now available via Google Street View, so that you can now take a virtual hike through Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Redwood, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, and Yosemite.

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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED's South Bay arts reporter, covering arts and culture in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She also guest hosts for  The California Report and Forum, files stories for NPR and hosts a podcast called Love in the Digital Age.

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 past 20 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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