From redwood groves to desert springs, lighthouses to ghost towns, the natural, cultural, and historical marvels of California are recognized worldwide. Managing these assets for nearly 40 million residents and millions more annual visitors takes collective work. Park managers cannot do it alone. Parks California will harness skills and resources, and California’s renowned ingenuity, to help our state, regional, and local parks thrive and evolve.
Parks California is an ambitious new organization that will help California parks and a revitalized park system execute a compelling vision for the 21st century. Formed after extensive consultation with hundreds of stakeholders, park executives, public-private partnership experts, and philanthropic leaders, a new statewide nonprofit, Parks California, will support innovative approaches to partnership, programming, and park design and management. Parks California’s role is to attract new public and private funding and expertise, facilitate entrepreneurial approaches to partnership, and implement high value projects and pro-grams in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation (Department) and other park districts across the state. Raising the visibility of California’s parks and their partners, inspiring passionate support for public lands, and setting trends for the future of parks will be the primary drivers of organizational success.