In Case You Missed It: Should California Close 70 State Parks?

By July 1, 2012, California plans to close 70 state parks. Gray Whale Cove State Park, Portola Redwoods State Park, Castle Rock State Park, and 67 other of the state's 278 parks will close. Twenty percent of state park rangers and all seasonal lifeguards working state beaches will lose their jobs. All of this is one step to help reduce a $9.2 billion state deficit. The cuts to California's Department of Parks and Recreation will account for a savings of $22 million.

Screenshot from The First 70

What does all this mean? To get a feel for the changes, check out the video above. It's a documentary we found on the Prana blog, picked up from a Kickstarter project called The First 70. After the state park cuts were announced, a group from Heath Hen Films packed up a converted airport shuttle bus and took off to document the 70 parks.

"As we connected dots on a map, a pattern emerged," the groups says on their Kickstarter page. "No one knew exactly what the conditions of closure would be, nor could they see how the state would ultimately benefit."

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