Governor Newsom Celebrates First Annual California State Parks Week

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SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation declaring June 14-18, 2022 California State Parks Week, celebrating California’s 279 state parks and stressing the importance of access to the outside for the health and well-being of our communities.

A full list of the week’s community events and in-person and virtual programming is available at CAStateParksWeek.org.

The text of the proclamation and a copy can be found below:

PROCLAMATION

Our state’s natural wonders are a source of pride and inspiration to Californians and visitors from around the world. The California Department of Parks and Recreation plays a vital role in preserving these treasures so Californians across the state can enjoy quality time in nature and reap many benefits for their hearts, minds, and souls. body.

California’s first-ever State Parks Week celebrates the unprecedented opportunities in our backyard to experience some of the world’s most iconic outdoor locations, and highlights the importance of access to parks, the coast and public lands for the health and vitality of all our communities.

California is home to the nation’s oldest state park system, with unique and diverse sites across our diverse landscapes. Through a variety of outdoor activities and events, state parks create meaningful opportunities for Californians of all backgrounds to connect with nature, while fostering stronger social connections in our communities. The Department of Parks and Recreation is responsible for protecting the natural and cultural history of the state, while safeguarding habitats and supporting their important ecological functions.

The state is committed to expanding safe and equitable outdoor access for all Californians. My administration’s Outdoor Access for All initiative aims to break down the barriers that keep too many Californians from accessing the natural beauty that California has to offer. We offer bold investments and innovative tools, including the new California State Park Adventure Pass and State Library Parks Pass programs – for kids and families to explore our state park system, regardless of zip code or income.

This week, I invite all Californians to get out and explore our state’s wealth of parkland scenery, coastlines, campsites, and statewide trails. From urban settings such as Los Angeles to rural areas such as Humboldt, our state parks provide fulfilling and transformative experiences for people of all backgrounds and contribute invaluably to a healthier and more equitable California for all. Visit www.parks.ca.gov/ParkIndex to explore state parks across California.

THEREFORE, I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim June 14-18, 2022 California State Parks Week.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have affixed my signature and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 14e June day 2022.

GAVIN NEWSOM
Governor of California

ATTEST:

SHIRLEY N. WEBER, Ph.D.
Secretary of State

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