California Park Planner Newsletter


This newsletter provides research, insight and analysis on public policy issues, trends, tools and information for everyone concerned with California's parks, recreation, and open space. Prior to 2008 the newsletter was named Bear Facts.

February 6, 2012

Dear readers:
Due to the effects of the state budget crisis on California State Parks, The California Park Planner is suspending publication until further notice. Thank you for your interest.
--The California Park Planner staff

November 2011
This issue focuses on the economic benefits of outdoor recreation. Among topics covered:  a new report that shows the billions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of jobs the industry contributes to the state, and the economic benefit of trails.

May 2011
This issue explores parks’ roles as venues for celebrations, festivals, and other special events. Included are site and facility design considerations for special events; how California trails organizations use events; information, photos and tips from special event coordinators; and data on the popularity of outdoor cultural activities. The issue also shows how Angel Island State Park will provide an exceptional vantage point for the 34th America’s Cup race.

November 2010
This issue includes articles that address these questions and more: How can park managers best serve culturally diverse visitors? What are ways to manage increased visitation?

May 2010
This issue offers ideas to help California's outdoor recreation providers go beyond just coping with today's tough economic times. Tips from experts on working with concessionaires, partners, associations, and volunteers; ways to attract "heritage" tourists; and adapting to changing visitor needs are some topics explored.

November 2009
In the "big plans" issue, authorized California outdoor recreation providers can learn how 2 new "issues" in CSP's released California Outdoor Recreation Plan may lead to grant funding, and all readers can discover how one park's general plan, created decades ago, continues to provide valuable guidance.

May 2009
This issue focuses on two surveys coordinated by the Planning Division: the State Park Visitor Survey and the Survey on Public Opinions and Attitudes on Outdoor Recreation (SPOA).

October 2008
The feature article of the October 2008 issue is on assessing attendance trends in nature-based recreation and includes attendance trends at California State Parks.

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