In 2000, California voters approved a general obligation bond to address several key resources needs.  The bond, the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000, known as Proposition 12, allocated $1.364 billion to California State Parks with $519 million for additions and improvements to the State Park System.  (The remaining $845 million is for local park grants.) 

California’s State Park System includes 278 parks with more than 14,000 campsites, 320 miles of coastline and more than 4,500 miles of trails, making it the largest State Park system in the lower 48 states.  In addition, it has the highest number of visitors of any State Park system in the entire nation, with more than 76 million visitors yearly. 

With funding from this bond and others since, including the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002, California State Parks has been able to address hundreds of critical State Park System needs all across the State.