Two California Parks to Close Down Permanently
With no advance warning, California’s Palomar Mountain State Park’s two campgrounds were closed to the public Sunday and, according to the park’s superintendent, are not scheduled to reopen because of the state’s budget problems.
A news release issued Monday (Oct. 3) said “due to severe budget restrictions, seasonal service reductions begin Oct. 2, 2011, at two California State Parks,” according to a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune. The park’s website says the campgrounds are not scheduled to reopen.
The release also said the Green Valley Campground and the Granite Springs Environmental Campground at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park are now closed. However that park’s website says they will reopen July 1. The Paso Picacho Campground at the park will remain open for camping and day use.
“It’s been really hard,” Nedra Martinez, the superintendent for both Palomar and Cuyamaca Rancho, said Monday evening.
She said campers Sunday were told they had to leave, and the state’s reservation contractor started calling people last week with the bad news that their reservations for the coming fall and spring could not be honored.
“It’s just really sad,” Martinez said. “People have been calling me all week about the family trips they had planned.”
Martinez said until recently she thought enough funding had been found to keep the Palomar campgrounds open until November and then to reopen them in the spring. But the funding fell through.
In the spring the state announced plans to close 70 parks beginning in the fall to cut $11 million in fiscal 2012 and $22 million the following fiscal year.