Urge lawmakers to support Assembly Bill 1478

Advocacy in action.

Over the last two weeks, thousands of state park supporters have sent messages to their legislators urging them to allocate the recently-identified and unspent state park funds back into the state park system.

As a result of the strong outpouring of support from park supporters, lawmakers have introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 1478 which will appropriate $20.5 million in State Park and Recreation Fund funding to keep parks open.

In addition to allocating this funding, AB 1478 also includes several other important provisions.

  • Prohibits the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) from closing or proposing the closure of a state park in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscal years.
  • Strengthens the State Park and Recreation Commission to improve their ability and capacity to provide oversight and a more meaningful connection between the public, park stakeholders, and the parks department.
  • Provides a one-time appropriation to ensure that all ongoing internal and external investigations into the DPR are fully funded.

We need your help to urge lawmakers to pass AB 1478. With only a couple days left in this legislative session, lawmakers will be making final decisions on this bill by Friday. We urge you to use our online system to send a message to your legislators and the governor specifically urging them to support AB 1478.

It only takes a minute!

A Slough Success

The newly-created Bird Island in Yosemite Slough at Candlestick

We’ve got good news about a capital project that is dear to our hearts at CSPF. The California Department of Parks and Recreation has announced completion of Phase I of the Yosemite Slough Wetlands Restoration Project at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, nearly one year ahead of schedule.

Key elements of the $14.3 million restoration included the removal of existing structures and debris on the north side of the Yosemite Slough canal as well as clean-up of contaminated soils, the creation of seven new acres of seasonal wetlands, and re-vegetation of the site with native plants to increase local biodiversity.

Slough view

Nearly a decade in the planning, the project has been a successful collaboration between public and private partners including the State Coastal Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Board, Bay Area Development Commission, the City of San Francisco, Bay Area Rapid Transit, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 – San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund/San Francisco Estuary Partnership, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the Barkley Fund and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

Post-project aerial shot of Yosemite Slough at Candlestick

The next phase of restoration will begin late summer with construction of the north shoreline Bay Trail, expected to be completed by September. Subsequent phases will restore wetlands on the south side of Yosemite Slough and add capital improvements.

If you are interested in learning more about the project or making a donation towards the restoration of the Yosemite Slough wetlands at Candlestick Point SRA, please contact Sara Feldman at (213) 542-2450 or email at sara@calparks.org.