Central Valley Vision
In 2009, the Department completed the Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan, a strategic plan for meeting outdoor recreation needs in the Central Valley. Starting in 2003, the effort included an extensive public outreach effort, with town-hall style meetings across the Valley, from Redding to Bakersfield, asking residents for recommendations on what kinds of special places they wanted to preserve, protect, and interpret as future parks, recreation areas, and historical and cultural sites. After the State's recovery from the Great Recession, it is clear that the need remains, and State Parks is again exploring opportunities to implement the Central Valley Vision.
Central Valley Vision Implementation Plan (2009)
The Implementation Plan focuses on helping to meet the public's recreation needs in the Central Valley. It outlines specific initiatives to build economic and volunteer partnerships, acquire new park lands and develop new and improved recreation opportunities. The Central Valley Vision will continue to serve as a roadmap for future State Park programs as funding becomes available. To learn more, read Implementation Plan (note: large file, 17MB .pdf).
Central Valley Vision Summary Report: Findings and Recommendations 2007
This 27-page document is an overview of the Central Valley Vision process and an explanation of the findings and research conducted over the past three and a half years. Phase II includes further analysis of rivers, including the Sacramento River, Mokelumne, Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne, San Joaquin, Kings and Kern for their potential and significance. For more information, see the Summary Report (1.9MB, pdf)