California State Parks awards $57 million to improve outdoor access

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California is home to 280 state park units, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lakes and rivers, 15,000 campsites and 4,500 miles of trails. However, not everyone has access to these wonderful attractions. According California State Parksfour in ten Californians do not have access to open space within walking distance of their homes, and six in 10 Californians live in neighborhoods with poor parks.

To expand outdoor access, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) offers the Outdoor Equity Grant Program establish local activity centers and trips to natural areas for underserved communities. Additionally, the program empowers youth and families to gain outdoor leadership training, career paths, commitment to environmental justice, and access to nature. Specifically, State Parks will provide $57 million in grants to 125 communities to help advance the “Outdoor access for all” initiative championed by Governor Gavin Newsom, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the “Outdoors for allinitiative. This effort expands outdoor access to all Californians through targeted investments in open space infrastructure, outdoor programming and improvements for permit applications, with a priority to expand access in communities underserved.

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